SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. It helps each student excel. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).
The SkillsUSA Framework illustrates how students fulfill the mission of the organization “to empower members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.”
What it does
•Provides a common language for students to articulate what they gain from SkillsUSA participation to employers, school administrators, parents and other students
•Assesses student skill development along a learning continuum of awareness, demonstration and mastery
•Creates a vision for SkillsUSA programs at the local, state and national levels to ensure quality student-led experiences that build skills in all
Why it works
•Empowers every student to achieve career success
•Delivers a skill set demanded by business and industry but lacking in many employees today
•Ensures that every student member receives a consistent and specific skill set
Brent Kindred, C.S.D.
Wisconsin Executive Director