Overview: SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives,
working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student to
excel. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college
students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations,
including health occupations and for further education. SkillsUSA was formerly known as
VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).
Membership: More than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into
more than 17,000 sections and 54 state and territorial associations. Combining alumni and
lifetime membership, the total number impacted is more than 320,000. SkillsUSA has served
more than 10.5 million members.
Mission: SkillsUSA’s mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and
responsible American citizens.
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—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: In 2011, more than 16,600 teachers and school administrators served as professional
SkillsUSA members and advisors. 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, over 5,500 students compete in 94 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.
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. Developed
under a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant, the Work Force Ready System features 47 industry-driven