Middle School

SkillsUSA, creating “Job-Ready Day One” students

Nationwide, career and technical education encompasses 94 percent of high-school students in the United States and 13 million college/postsecondary students in high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and more. SkillsUSA is working to be a vital solution to our nation’s economic and workforce challenges, such as high-school dropout rates, a weakened economy, global competitiveness and massive layoffs. At a time when opportunity for employment is critical, SkillsUSA is working to ensure students are equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce.

SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap and provides training so students graduate career ready. This nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Founded in 1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, the association serves more than 335,000 member students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related.

More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. SkillsUSA programs are integrated into career and technical education through our framework of developing personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.

Local, state and national championships, designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide needed recognition to its students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and other workplace credentials.

Whether you are new to SkillsUSA or an advisor with years of experience, we think you will find the contents of our membership kit and chapter management guide instrumental as you empower students to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. We invite you to partner with us in preparing the future workforce and employees who are job-ready Day One.