Wisconsin Association of SkillsUSA, Inc.
SkillsUSA is the student organization for middle and high school technology and engineering education programs as recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. SkillsUSA was introduced in 1973 when schools involved with the Wisconsin Industrial Education Association voted to affiliate with a strong national organization. Wisconsin SkillsUSA began its history during the fall of 1973 with 282 members in thirteen schools. Wisconsin SkillsUSA has mentored students for over 40 years. SkillsUSA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing an intra-curricular program that is integrated into technology and engineering classrooms. SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public career and technical programs. It provides quality educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. SkillsUSA believes; in the dignity of work, in the American way of life, in education, in fair play, that satisfaction is achieved by good work and in high moral and spiritual standards. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.
SkillsUSA's mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.
Preparing for Leadership in the World of Work
Program of Work
The heart of SkillsUSA is the program of work or what chapters do annually. It is the activities and projects—the plan of action—that chapters carry out during the school year. The program of work sets the pace for SkillsUSA in Wisconsin and the nation. The expectation is that each chapter will carry out this program of work. All SkillsUSA programs are in some way related to the following seven major goals.
To prepare each SkillsUSA member to be college and career ready and ultimately ready for entry into the workforce and provide a foundation for success in a career pathway. Becoming a professional does not stop with acquiring a skill, but involves an increased awareness of the meaning of good citizenship and the importance of labor and management in the world of work.
To promote and improve good will and understanding among all segments of the community through services donated by SkillsUSA chapters and to instill a lifetime commitment to community service.
To increase student awareness of quality job practices and attitudes and to increase the opportunities for employer contact and eventual employment.
To plan and participate in fundraising activities to allow all members to carry out the chapter's projects.
SkillsUSA Competitive Events and Championships
To offer students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and be recognized for them through competitive activities in occupational areas and leadership. SkillsUSA members have the opportunity to experience competitive events at a variety of different levels. Many local middle and high school chapters will attend one of six district events in the state. The next level is to compete in a regional event, then on to the SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference. Students who are awarded gold medal at the State Leadership Conference advance to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Competition, where over 15,000 students, advisors, business and industry gather to compete, network, attend educational and leadership sessions and more. And through additional qualifying, some national gold medal winners have the opportunity to compete at the biennial World Skills Competition.
Public Relations To make the general public aware of the good work that students in career and technical education are doing to better themselves and their community, state, nation and world.
To increase cooperation in the school and community through activities that allow SkillsUSA members to get to know each other in something other than a business or classroom setting.