Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to become a SkillsUSA Advisor. You are starting on a journey that is bound to offer many rewards for you and your students. SkillsUSA members develop into well-rounded people. There are a few basic steps to follow when starting a new chapter. Many of the resources you need can be found right here on the SkillsUSA website while others are available for purchase.
One of the most important things to remember is to help your students to learn an effective planning process for carrying out activities, and to let students take the lead on planning and carrying out your events. They will learn and grow as they carry out their calendar of events.
Here are the basic steps to follow to start a new chapter:
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. SkillsUSA presents opportunities for leadership development and the application of essential skills. As members, your students will be part of America’s largest association of teachers and students involved in trade, technical and skills service training. SkillsUSA will give you and your students exposure to dynamic resources that will positively influence your school, your community and beyond.
For the majority of students, SkillsUSA is the first professional organization they will join. The experiences and knowledge gained provide an excellent platform for career development and success. SkillsUSA also sets the stage for involvement in other professional and service organizations. Advantages include:
Great teachers are always looking for ways to engage students and build relationships. SkillsUSA provides the tools to do both. As a student-run organization, members feel a sense of empowerment and belonging. SkillsUSA is a motivator for students to put forth their best effort in the classroom, making daily lessons even more relevant to career success. As a SkillsUSA advisor, the activities, projects and contests provide opportunities for you to build stronger relationships with students. Chapter activities and accomplishments can build a positive image for your program and your school. Benefits include:
SkillsUSA is centered on industry-based technical standards to keep instruction current and relevant. These standards are required for all SkillsUSA competitions, providing an opportunity for students to demonstrate classroom knowledge via the practical application and assessment of skills within various trade areas. Another benefit is the Professional Development Program (PDP). This guide keeps track of student leadership and work skills to help you equip students with the technical and employability traits required by industry. As a chapter advisor, you will have opportunities for professional development current with industry standards to strengthen your instructional program. Benefits to teachers include:
SkillsUSA develops both the technical and employability skills American industry is seeking. Through participation in SkillsUSA, members are better prepared for entry and advancement in their careers. Connections are made between industries looking for skilled professionals and SkillsUSA members possessing the personal attributes and skills to be valuable employees. Industry appreciates that SkillsUSA provides:
More information about SkillsUSA can be found in this free online training module: