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SkillsUSA, Inc.

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Leesburg, VA


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.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Chelle Travis

Main Address

14001 SkillsUSA Way

Leesburg, VA 20176 USA

Formerly Known As

Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA)


career and technical education, vocational, technical, employability, training, championships, workforce development, skilled, education, career, association, leadership





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Vocational Technical (B30)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

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What we aim to solve

SkillsUSA seeks to serve middle school, high school and sub-baccalaureate postsecondary students who have interests in or are pursuing careers in trade, technical and skilled service professions. SkillsUSA provides students who are often kinesthetic (tactile) learners with opportunities to discover and unlock their passion for learning, giving them a path to productive citizenship and financial self-sufficiency. SkillsUSA is also helping its businesses and industry partners effectively address the skills gap they confront by providing greater numbers of member students who possess the workplace, personal and technical skills that make them productive, promotable and Job Ready, Day One.

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SkillsUSA Championships

Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI)

National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC)

Teacher and student education

Curriculum development

WorldSkills USA

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

1. Establish SkillsUSA as an educational solution to stater Education agencies and local school districts. 2. Create an abundant supply of well trained, highly motivated teachers and grow local career and grow local career and technical education (CTE) programs within SkillsUSA. 3. Ensure career readiness for every SkillsUSA member through SkillsUSA Framework delivery (workplace skills, personal skills, technical skills). 4. Strengthen capacity to support the SkillsUSA mission

A. Create a regional infrastructure to develop stakeholder relationships and assist SkillsUSA state directors in managing membership growth. B. Facilitate public-private partnerships in states to expand CTE programs and SkillsUSA chapters in meeting high demand for local skilled workforce. C. Develop curriculum to infuse into traditional university teacher preparation programs. D. Research the feasibility of SkillsUSA becoming a certifying agency for teachers coming directly from industry to the classroom. Increase market penetration of the Framework-based Career Essentials suite of learning products and other educational resources. E. Develop a cloud-based virtual portal for SkillsUSA students to ensure access to programming and opportunities to build Framework skills and have access to information from other SkillsUSA stakeholders. F. Increase participation in the Chapter Excellence Program and create a recognition program for individual student achievement. G. Enhance business and industry partnerships and increase philanthropic revenues. H. Diversity philanthropic funding sources by increasing outreach to private foundations and individual donors. I. Maintain brand integrity J. Strengthen the SkillsUSA Championships.

A strong history of fiscal solvency. More than 600 business and industry partners at the national level who provide philanthropic donations and/or in-kind donations in service to SkillsUSA mission delivery. A corps of more than 2,000 business and industry volunteers who "pass the torch" to students through their hands-on engagement with local chapters and through their involvement in SkillsUSA Championships competitions. Effective employability and leadership skills development curricula in demand by state departments of Education. A set of online skills assessments to provide students and teachers with measures of progress in learning technical skills and employability skills. A staff dedicated to service to member students and educators. A competition process and event, the SkillsUSA Championships, that has achieved status as the nation's preeminent showcase of public career and technical education. A sterling record of keeping administrative costs, including fund-raising costs, low as a percentage of total operating expenses.

Each strategy above has a set of "SMART" metrics against which performance and progress will be evaluated.

The 2017-18 academic year provided SkillsUSA with its largest annual membership ever and its largest annual membership increase in more than 25 years. The national SkillsUSA Championships now features more than 100 leadership and hands-on occupational skills contests to give member students the opportunity to demonstrate their employability and technical skills against standards set by business and industry. The growth of the Championships also offers even more opportunity for business to affect the relevance and rigor of what SkillsUSA teachers deliver in the classroom and lab. SkillsUSA has launched a complete re-make of its employability skills curriculum. The new curriculum, the Career Essentials Suite, is cloud-based and is age-banded for middle school, high school, postsecondary and adult learners. Ninety-nine percent (99%) of objectives in the FY18 operating plan were achieved. Local chapter participation in the Chapter Excellence Program increased by 21 percent in FY18. SkillsUSA conducted the most comprehensive SkillsUSA Week celebration in February 2018 ever with interaction from students, schools and government leaders from across the nation. Looking forward, a major multi-year initiative will deliver "SkillsUSA Connect," a virtual portal for member services and information to be delivered and through which SkillsUSA constituencies will communicate with each other. We also want to complete the content development and software engineering and begin the marketing of the middle school and adult learner suites of Career Essentials.

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