The Swinerton Foundation Supports SkillsUSA to Champion Workforce Development, Close Skills Gap

Published: January 27, 2021
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Leesburg, Va. — The Swinerton Foundation, headquartered in Concord, Calif., has announced support for SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit focused on workforce development. The 2021 sponsorship will support the mission of SkillsUSA and several national programs that help SkillsUSA instructors and their students become world-class workers, leaders and responsible Americans.

Thanks to this partnership with The Swinerton Foundation, SkillsUSA will receive support for SkillsUSA Works Chapter Grants for local chapters, the architecture and construction cluster, and the Meet the Employer event.

SkillsUSA salutes The Swinerton Foundation for this partnership, which includes support for our workforce development events for middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students enrolled in public career and technical education programs,” says SkillsUSA’s executive director, Chelle Travis. “SkillsUSA lifts up and recognizes students and provides much-needed assistance for their teachers to ensure America has a future skilled workforce. We could not deliver our mission without this crucial partner support.”

“The Swinerton Foundation is deeply aware of the shortage of a skilled construction workforce and the need for workforce development. We are excited to partner with SkillsUSA and Swinerton employees, who will be volunteering their time across the country to provide individuals with the tools they need, improving their opportunity to obtain living-wage jobs in an industry that is part of our DNA,” said Lori Dunn-Guion, President of The Swinerton Foundation.

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry founded in 1965 to strengthen our nation’s skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics. This SkillsUSA Framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life, while helping to close the skills gap in which millions of positions go unfilled. Through SkillsUSA’s championships program and curricula, employers have ensured schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA’s new credentialing process, they can now assess how ready potential employees are for the job. SkillsUSA has more than 372,000 annual members nationwide in high schools, middle schools and colleges, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education. With the addition of our alumni, membership last year was 434,141. SkillsUSA receives in-kind and financial support from more than 650 national partners. We have served more than 13.6 million members since 1965. For more information:

About The Swinerton Foundation

The Swinerton Foundation, formed in 2002, utilizes the skills of hundreds of volunteers in more than 40 communities across the United States to help build sustainable cities and neighborhoods by supporting education and development activities, workforce development programs, and community focused non-profits that help cities thrive. The Swinerton Foundation also serves as a catalyst to encourage and expand the philanthropic endeavors of Swinerton Incorporated and its affiliates’ employees. Learn more at:

About Swinerton

Swinerton provides commercial construction and construction management services throughout the United States and is a 100% employee-owned company. Recognized nationally since 1888, Swinerton is the preferred builder and trusted partner in every market it serves—proudly leading with integrity, passion, and excellence. For more information, visit:

SkillsUSA Contacts

Jane Short or Karen Kitzel, SkillsUSA 703-777-8810 or

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For more information about SkillsUSA, contact:

Jane A. DeShong Short

Senior Manager, Public Relations/Communications

Karen Kitzel

Associate Director, Communications

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