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 a national membership organization serving middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

Membership:

More than 335,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into 18,000 chapters and 52 state and territorial associations. This includes 19,500 instructors who join as professional members. Including alumni, SkillsUSA membership totals over 394,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 12.5 million annual members cumulatively since 1965

Mission:

SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.

Partners:

More than 600 business, industry and labor organizations support SkillsUSA at the national level through financial aid, in-kind contributions and involvement in SkillsUSA activities. Documented support to the SkillsUSA Championships is valued at more than $36 million.

Programs:

SkillsUSA offers local, state and national programs that allow students to develop and demonstrate personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. These three components comprise the SkillsUSA Framework, which serves as a blueprint for career readiness. SkillsUSA’s Chapter Excellence Program honors student and chapter achievement around this framework. 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. These competitions establish industry standards for entry-level workers in many fields. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and cited as a successful model of an employer-driven youth development program by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Resources:

SkillsUSA Career Essentials is our signature suite of career-readiness materials.

SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Foundations helps students understand our framework.
SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences provides students with lessons on personal, workplace and technical skills through self-paced online modules.
SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Assessments is for end-of-program student evaluation.
SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards is the official SkillsUSA competition guide, with a full list of competencies and embedded academic skills.

For more information:
Jane DeShong Short, Public Relations Manager
703-737-0612

Karen Kitzel, Public Relations Manager
703-737-0607