• Membership: More than 300,000 students and instructors join SkillsUSA annually,organized into more than 17,000 sections and 54 state and territorial associations.    SkillsUSA has served more than 9.9 million members since its founding.

    Mission : SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America's high   performance workers enrolled 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-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: Currently, 16,693 teachers and school administrators serve as professional SkillsUSA members and instructors. More than 1,100 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.

    Programs: SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in   which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level   SkillsUSA Championships, more than 5,400 students compete in 91 occupational and leadership skill areas.

    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 and is an OSHA Alliance partner.

    The SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System is a comprehensive tool to help students document entry-level skills as defined by industry and accepted by state education policy. Being developed under a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant, the Work Force Ready System will feature 46 industry-driven assessments.

    Skills USA National Site  http://www.skillsusa.org/
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