What is SkillsUSA?
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.
SkillsUSA Texas’ mission is to provide opportunities for its members to become successful and productive citizens, employees and leaders accomplished through a structured program of leadership training activities, communication and business partnerships.
Vocational-technical education, the School-to-Career initiative, Career and Technical Education (CTE) and many other movements in education and training reform have searched for an elusive but key bridge-how to have an active partnership between public education and private business. SkillsUSA has been that bridge in Texas since 1948 and nationally since 1965. VICA changed its name to SkillsUSA on July 4, 1999 to meet the needs of Corporate America. SkillsUSA is a national student organization that works directly with business and industry to maintain American productivity, quality and competitiveness. There are more than 1000 Texas SkillsUSA chapters at public schools and trade/technical schools. SkillsUSA Texas serves nearly 15,500 student and professional members who are enrolled in Career and Technical (CTE) programs. Through a proven system that produces quality-trained, well-rounded, entry-level employees, SkillsUSA Texas brings together educators, administrators, corporate America, labor organizations, trade associations and government. The result is a coordinated effort that addresses America’s need for a globally competitive, educated and skilled work force.
In addition, SkillsUSA teaches the importance of developing leadership skills, positive attitudes and pride in workmanship. SkillsUSA Texas students associate schoolwork with real work. SkillsUSA Texas prepares students for employment by introducing them to corporate quality culture. We emphasize respect for the dignity of work, high standards in trade ethics, superior workmanship, quality and safety.
Students in the automotive program have the opportunity to compete in various types of contest. We, at Brownwood High School, have been fortunate to have excellent students who work hard and take us to state in the automotive catagory 5 of the last 6 years. I am looking forward to going with even more students this year!