Skills USA

What is Skills USA?
A national nonprofit organization serving more than 280,000 high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

Where is it?
In high schools and college/technical schools. Skills USA has more than a quarter million student members annually, organized into 13,000 chapters and 54 state and territorial associations (including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

What's the point of it all?
Skills USA prepares America's high performance workers. 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. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education and pride in the dignity of work. Skills USA also promites understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities.

Who is involved?
Approximately 14,612 teachers and school administrators serve as professional Skills USA members and instructors. More than 1,000 corporations, trade associations and labor unions actively support Skills USA on a 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.

What else?
Skills USA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. During the annual national-level Skills USA Championships, more than 4,600 students compete in 80 occupational and leadership skill areas. Skills USA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom.

The Skills USA Motto -
"Preparing for Leadership in the World of Work"

The Skills USA motto gives members a short sentence, words to live by as they experience the opportunities in the organization.