SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, nearly 6,000 students compete in 99 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom, and promote community service. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a “successful model of employer-driven youth development training program” by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System is a comprehensive tool to help students document entry-level skills as defined by industry and accepted by state education policy. Developed under a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant, the Work Force Ready System features 47 industry-driven assessments.
The Professional Development Program (PDP) teaches 84 workplace skill competencies in a series of hands-on self-paced lessons.
The Career Skills Education Program (CSEP) contains 49 online lessons teaching basic employment and life skills to college/post-secondary students.
Student2Student Mentoring gives high school students a chance to mentor younger students in the area of career development.
CareerSafe is a credentialed 10-hour online training program developed in cooperation with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to provide students with basic knowledge of safety and a credential desired in the job market.
Following are additional skill-building programs and assessments:
SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Foundations (Career Readiness Curriculum) http://www.careeressentials.org/foundations/
SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences (Professional Development Program (PDP) http://www.careeressentials.org/experiences/
Assessments (Skill Connect Assessments, SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Assessments) http://www.careeressentials.org/assessments/assessment-areas/
Personal Leadership Inventory http://www.skillsusa.org/programs/personal-leadership-inventory/