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What is SkillsUSA?

SkillsUSA has more than 240,000 student members annually, organized into more than 13,000 chapters and 53 state and territorial associations (including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands).

SkillsUSA Programs

SkillsUSA programs include local, state, and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, approximately 4,000 students compete in 71 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom. The SkillsUSA Total Quality Curriculum enhances SkillsUSA's Quality at Work movement by preparing students for the world of work starting in the classroom. The curriculum emphasizes the competencies and essential workplace basic skills identified by employers and the U.S. Secretary of Labor's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS). The SkillsUSA Professional Development Program guides students through 84 employability skills lessons. These include goal setting, career planning, and community service. This program encourages local business involvement in the training of tomorrow's entry-level workers.


with over 80 contests SkillsUSA encompasses all skill areas
  • Auto Body
  • Auto Mechanics
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Carpentry
  • Culinary
  • Dental Assistant
  • Diesel
  • Electronics
  • Graphic Design-Creative/Production
  • Graphic Communications (Prepress-Bindery)
  • Interactive Media
  • Machine Trades
  • Video Production
  • Web Design
  • Welding

SkillsUSA Partnerships
Currently, 13,500 teachers and school administrators serve as professional SkillsUSA members and instructors. Nationally, more than 1,000 business, industry, and labor sponsors actively support National SkillsUSA through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities. Many more work directly with state associations and local chapters.


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