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SkillsUSA Turns 50
SkillsUSA turns 50 in 2015. This 50th conference marks the beginning of a year-long celebration culminating with the 51st National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky.


Five decades ago, the founders of SkillsUSA and approximately 200 students and teachers attending the first conference in Nashville, Tenn. set in motion events and aspirations that are very real today. And, from this genesis came the following:

  • A nationwide network of students and instructors in a common bond with a powerful partnership of industry, serving more than 11.6 million members over 50 years
  • Effective and far-reaching classroom instruction in employability and leadership skills
  • Civically-engaged students involved in community service and possessing the skills to become responsible American citizens
  • Preparing America's skilled workforce through continually transformed instruction, influenced by an internationally recognized championships program
  • Representing career and technical education to policymakers, employers and the public.

Recognizing Excellence With Skill Point Certificates
As part of the Work Force Ready System, SkillsUSA will again award Skill Point Certificates in 86 contest areas to recognize outstanding achievements of contestants in addition to those who earn gold, silver and bronze medallions in the SkillsUSA Championships. The same industry leaders who defined the competencies for the Championships determined a “cut score” that indicates excellence for students entering technical fields or leadership. Most cut scores range between 70 and 80 percent, and contestants who reach that level earn a Skill Point certificate. Each certificate lists the competency areas tested in the contest and carries the logos or the names of the organizations and companies that planned and managed this year's competitions. Students can use their certificates to document achievement and to show potential employers as indicators of proficiency.

National Young Worker Safety Day - June 24, 2014
National Young Worker Safety Day (NYWSD) kicks off Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 9 a.m. at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City. As part of the larger campaign, "A Million Safer," led by CareerSafe®, NYWSD is targeted at making a significant and critical impact on decreasing the number of young worker injuries and fatalities in the United States. At the CareerSafe® TECHSPO booth (booth C), students and teachers will sign the pledge to "StartSafe. StaySafe." just as over 5,000 others who made the same pledge on NWYSD in 2013. Students and teachers will have the opportunity to gather valuable safety materials and speak with the experienced CareerSafe® staff.

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