Key Facts about SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled work forces. It helps each student excel.
SkillsUSA is a national non-profit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It was formerly know as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America)
The SkillsUSA Championships is the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. Contest begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.
This is a multi-million dollar event that occupies a space equivalent to 16 football fields. In 2009, there were more than 5,400 contestants in 91 separate events. Nearly 1,500 judges and contest organizers from labor and management will make the national event possible.
The philosophy of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry indirectly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers' needs.