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SkillsUSA Path to Tech Training and Education

American FlagFor those students seeking an early start in technical training there is an organization that they can become involved in while still attending high school. SkillsUSA offers a variety of opportunities for students.

SkillsUSA is a professional organization for students in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations. It has more than 285,000 members in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

A SkillsUSA brochure outlines the many benefits of joining the organization. According to the brochure, 64 percent of employers say most high school students do not have the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. Within the next year, skilled individuals will make up 65 percent of the job market.

What SkillsUSA offers

  • Cutting edge skills training
  • Employable skills (teamwork, leadership, goal setting)
  • Opportunities for competition within their skill areas
  • Scholarships, industry contacts, and job opportunities
  • Fun, travel, excitement

Involvement

  • Enhances technical education programs
  • Develops Self-esteem
  • Develops Positive outlook
  • Ability to work with others
  • Conflict resolution

Advantages

  • Gives students a headstart for college and the workforce
  • SkillsUSA works directly with employers so students get skills employers want.
  • Provides leadership training
  • Puts leadership skills to practice through community service.
  • The program is designed and run by students

SkillsUSA competitions

National SkillsUSA championships are held annually in Kansas City, Missouri during SkillsUSA’s national conference. At the championships, more than 5,000 state winners compete in over 80 occupational leadership contests. The floor space needed to hold the competition is equal to nearly 14 football fields.

At the competition students have the opportunity to interact with industry professionals. More than 1,700 technical experts from labor and industry both design and judge the competition.

How to get involved as a parent

  • Ask your students high school if they have a SkillsUSA chapter.
  • Encourage your child’s choice of a career in a technical field knowing it’s a smart choice.
  • Get involved in the program and get to know your child’s SkillsUSA advisor.

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