Did you know that Star Wars and SkillsUSA have a lot in common? Jedi Knights who had Master Jedi mentors grew stronger through structured competition and were committed to being good citizens of the universe. “This education framework of technical skills, personal skills, and leadership skills resulted in a highly effective Order that protected the Republic for hundreds of years.”1 Like the Jedi Knights, SkillsUSA members have teachers and advisors who mentor and support them throughout high school, college, and career. The SkillsUSA Framework illustrates how students fulfill the mission of the organization to empower members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens.
SkillsUSA has an impact on the lives of America’s future workforce through the development of personal, workplace, and technical skills that are grounded in academics.
- Work Ethic
- Decision Making
- Multicultural Sensitivity and Awareness
- Planning, Organizing, and Management
Technical Skills Grounded in Academics
- Computer and Technology Literacy
- Job-Specific Skills
- Safety and Health
- Service Orientation
- Professional Development
- Provides a common language for students to articulate what they gain from SkillsUSA participation to employers, school administrators, parents and other students.
- Assesses student skill development along a learning continuum of awareness, demonstration and mastery.
- Creates a vision for SkillsUSA programs at the local, state and national levels to ensure quality student-led experiences that build skills in all members.
- Empowers every student to achieve career success.
- Delivers a skill set demanded by business and industry, but lacking in many employees.
- Ensures that every student member receives a consistent and specific skill set.
1 Read the story SKILLS FOR LIFE in the TIN CAN WIRE by Lorrie Bryan.
Fifty years ago, 200 students, teachers, and administrators held a conference at a hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. In founding the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, their goal was to establish a nationwide organization to represent trade and industrial education and to serve student needs.
Now, SkillsUSA is a nationwide network of students and instructors in a common bond with powerful industry partnerships, serving more than 11.6 million members. SkillsUSA changes lives every day. Students discover and grow their career passions and appreciate their own self-worth through the work and dedication of instructors, administrators, association directors, industry partners and alumni.
SkillsUSA Utah has more than 2,000 members in 79 chapters. Members are actively involved in SkillsUSA programs and events, leadership opportunities, community service activities, and advocating for Career and Technical Education. To become a member of SkillsUSA talk to the SkillsUSA advisor in your school.