Overview of SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA is an individual membership organization serving middle school, high school and college/postsecondary students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations. SkillsUSA Inc. is a national nonprofit and tax-exempt organization.


More than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 18,000 sections and 52 state and territorial associations. Combining alumni and lifetime membership, the total number served this year is more than 360,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 12.2 million members since its founding in 1965.


SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA enhances the lives and careers of students, instructors and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work.


More than 600 business, industry and labor sponsors actively support SkillsUSA at the national level through donations, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities. Many more work directly with state associations and local chapters. Support by industry to the SkillsUSA Championships is valued at more than $36 million.


SkillsUSA offers local, state and national programs that allow students to develop and demonstrate personal, workplace and technical skills. These three components comprise the organizational framework for SkillsUSA, which serves as a blueprint for career readiness. Local chapters conduct a program of work during the school year and many students attend a district or state conference. At the SkillsUSA Championships, more than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas each June. These national competitions establish industry standards for entry-level workers in many fields. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a successful model of employer-driven youth development training program by the U.S. Department of Labor.


SkillsUSA offers many resources for educators. The Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) honors student and chapter achievements around the SkillsUSA framework of personal, workplace and technical skills. The Career Readiness Curriculum (CRC) helps SkillsUSA instructors to introduce foundational workplace skills. The Professional Development Program (PDP) helps students build mastery of those skills through self-paced online activities. The Work Force Ready System allows students to document knowledge and skills through 40 employability assessments. The SkillsUSA Technical Standards is the official SkillsUSA competition guide, with a full list of competencies as well as embedded academic skills in math, English and Science, written and endorsed by industry.

For more information:
Jane DeShong Short, Public Relations Manager

Karen Kitzel, Public Relations Manager