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Skills USA is a partnership of students, teachers and
industry representatives, working together to ensure America
has a skilled work force. It helps each student to excel.
Skills USA is a national organization serving teachers and high
school and college students who are preparing for careers in
technical, skilled and service occupations, including health
occupations. Skills USA was formerly known as VICA (Vocational
Industrial Clubs of America).
More than 307,000 students and instructors join
Skills USA annually, organized into more than 19,333 sections
and 54 state and territorial associations. Skills USA has served
more than 9.9 million members.
Skills USA is an applied method of instruction for
preparing America’s high performance workers in public
career and technical programs. It provides quality education
experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship
and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence,
work attitudes and communications skills. Skills USA
emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior
work skills, life-long education and pride in the dignity
of work. It also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise
system and involvement in community service.
Currently, 16,291 teachers and school administrators
serve as professional Skills USA members and instructors.
More than 1,100 business, industry and labor sponsors actively
support Skills USA at the national level through financial aid,
in-kind contributions and involvement of their people in
Skills USA activities. Many more work directly with state associations
and local chapters.
Skills USA programs include local, state and
national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational
and leadership skills. At the annual national-level
Skills USA Championships, more than 5,000 students compete
in 91 occupational and leadership skill areas.
Skills USA programs also help to establish industry standards
for job skill training in the lab and classroom, and promote
community service. Skills USA is recognized by the U.S. Department
of Education and is cited as a “successful model of
employer-driven youth development training program” by the
U.S. Department of Labor and is an OSHA Alliance partner.
The Skills USA Work Force Ready System is a comprehensive
tool to help students document entry-level skills as
defined by industry and accepted by state education policy.
Being developed under a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant,
the Work Force Ready System will feature 46 industry-driven
assessments that can lead to professional certifications.
Quote of the week!
"I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework." -- Edith Ann, [Lily Tomlin]