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Leadership and Community Service

Leadership training is a key part of the SkillsUSA experience. Your child can put new leadership skills into practice with SkillsUSA service programs. Students design and run these programs (covering everything from mentoring younger students to cleaning up a public park) to meet their own community needs.

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Champions at Work

Another way students are motivated to improve their skills is the SkillsUSA Championships program. These competitions start locally, advance through the regional and state levels, and culminate at the national SkillsUSA Championships.

Skilled and Schooled
Through the combination of career and technical training and SkillsUSA membership, your child can become a proficient student and leader and, ultimately, a skilled professional.

Bottom line: Jobs of the future will demand a higher level of both academic and technical skills. What does this mean to you and your child? It means exploring the many educational opportunities available to make sure your child gets skilled and schooled.

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Nearly one-third of the fastest growing occupations will require an associate’s degree or a postsecondary vocational certificate, according to a 2004 U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

Nearly 75 percent of employers report severe conditions when trying to hire qualified workers, 40 percent say that applicants are poorly skilled and 30 percent say that applicants have the wrong skills for available jobs, according to a 2002 survey by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Workforce Preparation. Career and technical education plays a vital role in helping American business close this gap by building a competitive workforce for the 21st Century.