What is SkillsUSA?

SkillsUSA is a national membership association serving high school, college and middle school students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations, and for further education. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.

Membership:

SkillsUSA served 372,655 members nationally during the 2019-2020 school year in 4,658 schools in 50 states, District of Columbia, US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. SkillsUSA Florida’s membership represented more than 10,000 students, teachers, and alumni in 2019-2020.

Mission:

SkillsUSA empowers 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.

Vision:

SkillsUSA produces the most highly skilled workforce in the world, providing every member the opportunity for career success.

Partners:

More than 100 business, industry and labor organizations actively support SkillsUSA Florida through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA Florida activities. Many more work with regional events and local chapters.

Programs:

SkillsUSA offers local, state and national opportunities for students to learn and practice personal, workplace and technical skills. These three components comprise the SkillsUSA Framework, a blueprint for career readiness.

Local chapters construct an annual program of work, and many students participate in regional, state, and national competitions. At the SkillsUSA Florida Championships, more than 1,500 students compete in 110 skills and leadership competitions each April. Gold medalist advance to the National Championships in June. These competitions help establish industry standards for job skill training and entry-level workers.

SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a successful model of employer-driven youth development training.

Resources:

SkillsUSA offers many resources for educators and students. The Chapter Excellence Program honors local chapter achievement around the SkillsUSA Framework of personal, workplace and technical skills. The SkillsUSA Career Essentials suite is a solution to industry and education needs in preparing career-ready students who are productive and promotable. Including Foundations, Experiences and Assessments, the suite helps students develop the skills, attitudes and values that allow them stand out from other applicants in the skilled labor marketplace. Jump into STEM! provides tools and activities for SkillsUSA members to help both elementary- and middle-school students take part in interactive career experiences. Student2Student Mentoring gives high school students opportunity to mentor younger students around career exploration. CareerSafe is a 10-hour online OSHA safety-training program that provides students with a workplace credential. The SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards is the official competition guide, with a full list of competencies as well as embedded academic skills.

Organization:

SkillsUSA Florida is a 501(c)3 student organization governed by a Board of Directors. SkillsUSA Florida operates in accordance with the Charter granted by the parent organization, SkillsUSA, in Leesburg, VA.

SkillsUSA Florida plans, coordinates and conducts the fall leadership conference, Maximize, and the State Leadership and Skills Conference each year. We provide support to regions and local chapters through curriculum, resources, training, and events.

All activities held at the Regional level are organized and conducted by Regional Coordinators, with the help of advisors within the Region. Please contact your Regional Coordinator with questions regarding Regional events.

Local SkillsUSA functions are organized at the school level. These functions operate outside the confines of the State (SkillsUSA Florida) and National (SkillsUSA) organizations. SkillsUSA and SkillsUSA Florida will not be liable for such events.

The SkillsUSA Florida Association is a resource and support organization that does not select, control, supervise or approve local chapter or individual member activities except as expressly provided for in the SkillsUSA Florida Constitution and Bylaws.

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