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Skills USA

Overview:  SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in skilled and technical service occupations, health, public service, and educational occupations.

Membership: More than 300,000 students and instructors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 17,000 sections and 54 state and territorial associations. SkillsUSA has served more than 9.9 million members since its founding.

Mission: SkillsUSA 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 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: Currently, 16,693 teachers and school administrators serve as professional SkillsUSA members and instructors. 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.

Programs: SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the National SkillsUSA Championships, more than 5,400 students compete in 91 occupational and leadership skill areas.

For more information, contact Buddy Oswald (oswaldb@cf.edu) at 352-854-2322, ext. 1616.

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