SkillsUSA--Why you should join.
by Deb Eungard
February 10, 2010
What is SkillsUSA? A national organization serving more than 264,500 high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations.
What's the point of it all? SkillsUSA prepares students to become leaders in their communities as well America's high performance workers. SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. Students build and reinforce self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills by joining SkillsUSA. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities.
Where is it? SkillsUSA has more than a quarter million student members (high school students and college/technical school students) annually, organized into 13,000 chapters and 54 state and territorial associations (including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands).
Who is involved? Approximately 14,500 teachers and school administrators serve as professional SkillsUSA members and instructors. More than 1,000 corporations, trade associations and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA on a national level through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities. Many more work directly with state associations and local chapters.
What else? SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. During the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 4,500 students compete in 77 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom.
SkillsUSA has membership fees and/or fundraising opportunities. Information will be distributed during the first quarter of school.