Category: Press Releases

Annual SkillsUSA Week Celebration Highlights Workforce Development and CTE

Leesburg, Va. — Thousands of local SkillsUSA chapters are joining more than 50 state associations for SkillsUSA Week Feb. 4-10, 2018. The annual celebration, presented by Carhartt, represents over 300,000 SkillsUSA members nationwide and promotes career and technical education. The week highlights the benefits of the SkillsUSA program in developing personal, workplace and technical skills…
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Good Jobs for High School Graduates Still Exist

Quality jobs shift from blue-collar industries to skilled services. Many believe good jobs for workers without a bachelor’s degree no longer exist in a labor market buffeted by automation and globalization, but there are still plenty of “middle-income” jobs out there, according to recent research. Read the full story.

SkillsUSA Highlighted in New Education Research

“Attracting the Next Generation” Report Shows Value of SkillsUSA Within Career and Technical Education Leesburg, Va. — SkillsUSA membership increases career and technical students’ likelihood of continuing in the career they are studying, according to new research by The Manufacturing Institute. The institute’s report, “Attracting the Next Generation Workforce: The Role of Career and Technical…
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Good Jobs that Pay without a BA  

Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, in partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co., has released new research that finds that even with the overall decline in manufacturing, nearly half of states have added good blue-collar jobs that don’t require bachelor’s degrees (BAs).  Good Jobs that Pay without a BA: A State-by-State-Analysis finds that since…
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SkillsUSA WorldTeam Earns Four Medallions of Excellence at International Competition for Young Skilled Workers

Highlights Importance of a Competitive, Highly Skilled Workforce Leesburg, Va. — The SkillsUSA WorldTeam received four Medallions of Excellence in the WorldSkills Competition Oct. 14-19. SkillsUSA represents the United States and sent a team of 11 to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to compete in 10 skill categories during the 44th biennial event. Medallions of…
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In the World Championships of Vocational Skills, Contestants Go for the Gold

SkillsUSA competitor Jordan Baker was featured in The Wall Street Journal on Oct. 30 in an article, “The Thrill of Victory in Welding, Baking and Bricklaying,” about the recent WorldSkills competition, held Oct. 14-19 in Abu Dhabi. Baker practiced nearly daily for more than six months on bread-making techniques under the close eye of her…
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Education Consultant and State Association Director of SkillsUSA California Elected to Serve on the SkillsUSA National Board of Directors

Leesburg, Va., Oct. 3, 2017 – Clayton Mitchell, education programs consultant for the California Department of Education and state association director for SkillsUSA California, was elected to serve on the SkillsUSA national board of directors. Mitchell was elected at the most recent meeting of the board in Alexandria, Va. Mitchell began his involvement in career…
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President and CEO of Insurance Auto Auctions Inc. Elected to Serve on the SkillsUSA National Board of Directors

LEESBURG, Va., Oct. 26, 2017 — SkillsUSA announces the election of John W. Kett, president and CEO of Insurance Auto Auctions Inc. (IAA), a business unit of auction giant KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE: KAR) to the SkillsUSA national board of directors. The SkillsUSA board of directors made Kett’s appointment official at its recent meeting…
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Lowe’s Gives Grants to Support Local SkillsUSA Chapters in Applying Learnings to Community Projects

Grants to Enhance Learning Opportunities and Impact Communities Nationwide. LEESBURG, VA. OCTOBER 17, 2017 –– This year, 31 SkillsUSA chapters will receive grants from Lowe’s to enhance schools and communities while building the skills of students learning trades. Lowe’s, the largest corporate donor in SkillsUSA history, has provided a total of $1.5 million this year, bringing…
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SkillsUSA Members Joined by Secretary of Education In Support of Career and Technical Education

Over 500 Rally on Capitol Hill Before Congressional Visits Leesburg, Va. — Students representing career and technical education (CTE) programs in 29 states met with congressional representatives Sept. 26 after hearing the Secretary of Education call SkillsUSA “an integral part of their educational experience.” The students were attending the annual Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI)…
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