SkillsUSA Key Messages
Membership: More than 318,000 students and advisors joined SkillsUSA during the 2016-2017 membership year, organized into 18,000 sections representing 50 States and 3 territorial associations. Combining alumni and lifetime membership, the total number served this year is 372,354. SkillsUSA has served more than 12 million members since its founding in 1965. SkillsUSA Maryland has 5,000 members representing every local school system.
Mission: SkillsUSA's mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.
SkillsUSA 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. It emphasizes total quality at work including 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.
Partners: In 2016, more than 18,000 teachers and school administrators served as professional SkillsUSA members and advisors. More than 600 business, industry and labor sponsors actively support SkillsUSA at the 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. SkillsUSA Maryland has 6,400 high school, professional and alumni members. Each year, hundreds of business, industry and education professionals volunteer time, expertise, equipment and materials in support of the State Championship.
Programs: SkillsUSA programs include local, regional, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), over 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill-aligned events. One thousand students competed in the 2016 State Champoinship.
SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom, and promote community service. SkillsUSA 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. Here are products available to students and advisors:
The Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) is the single best way to ensure you have a successful SkillsUSA chapter. The Chapter Excellence Program takes the guess work out of what it looks like to be a healthy SkillsUSA chapter. It provides the requirements and indicators that meet the standards for success and prepares members for career readiness as defined in the SkillsUSA Framework. The Chapter Excellence Program honors chapter achievement relative to SkillsUSA’s framework of developing personal, workplace and technical skills. The framework actualizes SkillsUSA’s mission “to empower members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.” development.
The Career Readiness Curriculum (CRC) can help ensure that you prepare your students for workplace success. CRC supports the SkillsUSA Framework, which includes personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics — all essential to a successful, student-oriented career and technical education program. This curriculum includes 29 lesson plans based on Common Core State Standards. It infuses 21st-century skills into student engagement activities and is considered the first building block of the SkillsUSA Professional Development Program. The Career Readiness Curriculum is a free member benefit as part of SkillsUSA professional membership dues.
The next generation of the Professional Development Program (PDP), available in 2017, aligns with the SkillsUSA Framework and is the next step in the Career Readiness Curriculum (CRC). While the CRC develops an awareness level of learning, PDP takes your students to the next level of demonstration within the SkillsUSA learning continuum. Still student-driven and still dedicated to providing the critical skills for career success, this version of PDP has been modernized and refreshed to keep students interested and engaged in learning. It is also streamlined to be an easy-to-use, turnkey tool for instructors. The PDP now has 15 project-based learning experiences that contextualize the elements of the SkillsUSA Framework in real-work situations. All of the resources are delivered digitally through a PDP learning site.
The Personal Leadership Inventory is a series of self-assessments SkillsUSA members may use to evaluate and grow important skills for life and career. The self-assessments included in the Personal Leadership Inventory focus on the following roles students play: team member, leader, employee, citizen and being an effective individual. Use one or all of the self-assessments in the inventory and start planning for growth today!
SkillsUSA and CareerSafe have joined forces to provide students with online youth-safety training authorized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Through this affordable, informative and innovative online training, students learn to recognize potential safety and health hazards pertaining to all 16 national career clusters that can prepare students for college or a career pathway.
SkillsUSA offers Student2Student Mentoring as a national mentoring program that provides a way for our members to participate in America’s Promise Alliance. Mentoring is a voluntary relationship between two people: a middle school, a high-school or college student and a younger student (usually one in middle school). The aim is to encourage younger students to explore future careers and make decisions that will lead to marketable skills and productive futures.
SkillsUSA is known for providing real-life application of skills. The Workforce Ready System, developed in partnership with more than 600 corporations, labor unions, trade associations and businesses, provides an on-ramp to other professional certifications and paves the way ahead for America’s future workforce. The SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System provides Skill Connect Assessments for career and technical education that are supported by industry, education and policy leaders. The system helps instructors prove the benefit of their programs, and helps young people find rewarding careers.
The colors red, white, blue and gold represent the national SkillsUSA organization.
Red and white represent the individual states and chapters.
Blue represents the common union of the states and of the chapters.
Gold represents the individual, the most important element of the organization.
I believe in the dignity of work
I hold that society has advanced to its present culture through the use of the worker’s hands and mind. I will maintain a feeling of humbleness for the knowledge and skills that I receive from professionals, and I will conduct myself with dignity in the work I do.
I believe in the American way of life
I know our culture is the result of freedom of action and opportunities won by the founders of our American republic, and I will uphold their ideals.
I believe in education
I will endeavor to make the best use of knowledge, skills and experience that I will learn in order that I may be a better worker in my chosen occupation and a better citizen in my community. To this end, I will continue my learning now and in the future.
I believe in fair play
I will, through honesty and fair play, respect the rights of others. I will always conduct myself in the manner of the best professionals in my occupation and treat those with whom I work as I would like to be treated.
I believe satisfaction is achieved by good work
I feel that compensation and personal satisfaction received for my work and services will be in proportion to my creative and productive ability.
I believe in high moral and spiritual standards
I will endeavor to conduct myself in such a manner as to set an example for others by living a wholesome life and by fulfilling my responsibilities as a citizen of my community.
Offical SkillsUSA Attire
Wearing the official SkillsUSA attire adds a sense of unity and identification, as well as enthusiasm, to meetings, ceremonies, presentations and activities. Members are encouraged to strictly follow the guidelines for official attire during ceremonies, visits with dignitaries, officer campaigns and similar occasions.
Official Attire for women:
Red SkillsUSA blazer, windbreaker, sweater or black SkillsUSA jacket
White collarless or small-collared blouse or white turtleneck, collar not to extend over the blazer lapel or the sweater, windbreaker or jacket
Black dress skirt (knee-length) or black dress slacks
Black sheer (not opaque) or skin-tone seamless hose
Official attire for men:
Red SkillsUSA blazer, windbreaker, sweater or black SkillsUSA jacket
White dress shirt
Plain, solid black tie
Black dress slacks
Plain black socks
Black dress shoes
To order official clothing and work uniforms for competition, go to the SkillsUSA Supply Service.
The shield represents patriotism
The shield denotes our belief in democracy, liberty and the American way of life.
The gear represents the industrial society
The gear, symbolic of the industrial society, denotes the interdependence and cooperation of the individual working with labor and management for the betterment of mankind.
The torch represents knowledge
The flaming torch reflects the light of knowledge, which dispels the darkness of ignorance. In the light of the torch, progress will be made toward the vocational goals of the individual.
The orbital circles represent technology
The circles represent the challenge of modern technology and the training needed to accept and master the challenge of new technical frontiers and the need for continuous education.
The hands represent the individual
The hands portray a search for knowledge and our desire to acquire a skill. In the process of attaining knowledge and skill, we will develop a respect for the dignity of work and become productive and responsible citizens.
For additional information please contact:
Chuck Wallace, State Director
Maryland State Department of Education
email@example.com / 410-767-8872