3. Ensure SkillsUSA is integral to your CTE program

SkillsUSA is an integral part of career and technical education (CTE). Teachers infuse the organization’s activities into their instructional programs, enabling students to gain real-world applications to their studies. When SkillsUSA is integrated into the CTE program, all students develop the personal, workplace and technical skills that comprise the SkillsUSA Framework. For example, the newly released SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Foundations and SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences are available through SkillsUSA to embed into curriculum, offering your students experiences to better prepare them for career success. To learn more about the new Career Essentials suite of products, visit www.careeressentials.org. Your classroom will come to life as students see the connection between what they are learning today and their futures. Just as your lab provides contextual moments, your classroom can provide relevancy in developing leadership, communication and teamwork skills that develop the whole student.

  • Ensure all stakeholders from administrators to parents, students and other teachers understand the integral nature of SkillsUSA to your CTE program.
  • Ensure parents and families understand that SkillsUSA is integral to your program by placing information directly into the syllabus. Use the Parent Letter and SkillsUSA Brochure template as guides.
  • Introduce your students, parents, administrators and advisory committee members to the SkillsUSA Framework. The framework supports the mission of the organization “to empower members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.” In a few short statements, you can explain the value of the SkillsUSA Framework to others:

    What it does

    • Provides a common language for students to articulate what they gain from SkillsUSA participation to employers, school administrators, parents and other students
    • Assesses student skill development along a learning continuum of awareness, demonstration and mastery
    • Creates a vision for SkillsUSA programs at the local, state and national levels to ensure quality student-led experiences that build skills in all members

    Why it works

    • Empowers every student to achieve career success
    • Delivers a skill set demanded by business and industry but lacking in many employees today
    • Ensures that every student member receives a consistent and specific skill set
  • Use the SkillsUSA Framework Flier and Graphic in your program materials to draw attention to the development of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.
  • Show the framework video to students, parents, administrators, teachers and members of your business community so they understand how SkillsUSA ensures career readiness.
  • Use the Career-Ready Starts Here lesson plan to embed SkillsUSA into your chapter activities. A SkillsUSA chapter exists as a teaching tool where intentional learning can take place in a safe environment. Students are able to make mistakes and learn from them with your guided practice, which moves them along a continuum of awareness to demonstration and eventual mastery level learning.
  • As part of the lesson plan, students will benefit from visiting the Career Transitions site, where they can:
    • Assess their career interests by taking an online assessment.
    • Browse career paths and check out videos of real people working in the field.
    • Learn to write a résumé and cover letter