SkillsUSA National Signing Day Will Celebrate Skilled Trades Students Nationwide on May 4

Published: April 12, 2023
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Jane Short or Karen Kitzel 703-777-8810 jshort@skillsusa.org or kkitzel@skillsusa.org

Event to acknowledge, honor and encourage students pursuing careers in the skilled trades

Leesburg, Va., April 12, 2023 — SkillsUSA National Signing Day will be held May 4 to celebrate hundreds of students in high schools across the country for their dedication to pursue a career in the skilled trades. “SkillsUSA’s National Signing Day salutes students who express their commitment to a fulfilling and rewarding career in the skilled trades,” says SkillsUSA Executive Director Chelle Travis. “SkillsUSA is America’s champion of the skilled trades. By empowering the next generation of workers, SkillsUSA can help close the skills gap while presenting robust career opportunities for young workers who enjoy interesting jobs that offer stability and long-term benefits. This annual national event generates greater awareness of the skilled trades and these rewarding career paths.” On SkillsUSA National Signing Day, students will be recognized by their school administrators, teachers, elected officials, SkillsUSA advisors, family and friends for deciding to pursue a career in the skilled trades, a sector in high demand that continues to face an immense labor shortage. Similar to “National Signing Day” events for high-school student athletes, students will be applauded as they announce their career plans and sign “letters of intent” for a job offer, apprenticeship or further technical training. SkillsUSA schools in dozens of states will be participating in the 2023 event — honoring students across the country. National SkillsUSA partners who are supporting SkillsUSA National Signing Day include Wolverine, Constellation and Angi. To learn more, go to: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/national-signing-day/.

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is America’s proud champion of the skilled trades. It’s a student-led partnership of education and industry that’s building the skilled workforce our nation depends on with graduates who are career ready, day one. Representing nearly 380,000 career and technical education students and teachers, SkillsUSA chapters thrive in middle schools, high schools and college/postsecondary institutions nationwide. SkillsUSA’s mission empowers students to become skilled professionals, career-ready leaders and responsible community members. That mission is accomplished through the SkillsUSA Framework of Personal Skills, Workplace Skills and Technical Skills Grounded in Academics, which is integrated into classroom curriculum. Through Framework instruction, students develop the character-shaping leadership skills — teamwork, communication, professionalism and more — that successful careers and lives demand. At the same time, students hone their high-level technical skills against current industry standards in more than 130 skilled trade areas, from 3-D Animation to Welding. The result? Focused, confident and highly skilled graduates who are ready to work, ready to lead and ready to make a difference in our schools, workplaces and communities. A vital solution to the skills gap, where more in-demand skilled trades positions are available than qualified professionals to fill them, SkillsUSA has served over 14 million difference-making members since 1965. For more, visit www.skillsusa.org.

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