Leesburg, Va. —
In 2020, State Farm Insurance Companies provided $200,000 in support for SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit focused on workforce development. The grant supported the mission of SkillsUSA and several national programs that help SkillsUSA instructors and their students become world class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.
Thanks to the support of State Farm, SkillsUSA was able to focus on the development of virtual training to help grow its local chapters. Instructors received the latest information and tools in employability skills training, leadership development and teaching strategies. In 2020, State Farm supported:
- Virtual training to replace conference initiatives.
- Transportation sector sponsorship.
- Virtual instructor training.
- Development of training resources.
- General mission support.
State Farm Insurance Companies, headquartered in Bloomington, Ill., has been a SkillsUSA supporter for 21 years with a total investment of over $3 million.
“SkillsUSA salutes State Farm for supporting our nation’s top career and technical education programs as we work to prepare career-ready students,” says SkillsUSA’s executive director, Chelle Travis. “While these are challenging times, SkillsUSA has been successful at altering our programming to a virtual environment largely because of the support from companies such as State Farm.”
SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. 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 370,000 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 a framework of 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. For more information, go to: www.SkillsUSA.org.
Jane Short or Karen Kitzel, SkillsUSA