About Us

SkillsUSA Key Messages

Mission: SkillsUSA’s mission is to empower
its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible
American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future
skilled workforce through the development of Framework skills that
include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.

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.

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 one hundred ninety seven students competed in the 2018 State Championship.

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 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.

SkillsUSA updated and improved the
Professional Development Program (PDP).  The end result is a completely
new online curriculum called “Career Essentials
Created to facilitate the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills in
students, it is the next level of instruction after the Career
Readiness Curriculum (CRC). The important PDP employability
competencies and skills are still in the new curriculum, only now they
are easier to deliver and much more relevant and engaging for students.

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.


Colors

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.

Creed

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
Black shoes

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.

Emblem

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.

Constitution and Bylaws

National SkillsUSA

www.skillsusa.org

For additional information please contact:

Chuck Wallace, State Director

Maryland State Department of Education

charles.wallace@maryland.gov / 410-767-8872