Our Impact

By The Numbers

  • 54 state and territorial associations
  • More than 11.6 million members since 1965
  • 600+ national partners –– businesses, trade associations and unions
  • 17,500+ classrooms conducting SkillsUSA training nationwide
  • 1,000s of community service activities each year
  • 1/4 of U.S. occupational areas covered by SkillsUSA curriculum — that’s 130 job categories

Our Impact

FireworksFifty years ago, 200 students, teachers and administrators held a conference at a hotel in Nashville, Tenn. In founding the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, their goal was to establish a nationwide organization to represent trade and industrial education and to serve student needs.

Now, SkillsUSA changes lives every day. Students discover and grow their career passions and appreciate their own self-worth through the work and dedication of instructors, administrators, association directors, industry partners and alumni.

We continue to reach toward the founders’ vision, but — bottom line — our core purpose is the same: to help instructors reach and engage their students so their students will succeed.

SkillsUSA is privileged to serve students, schools, colleges and industry, and the most inspiring instructors and administrators in American education.

Five Big Things Made Possible by 50 Years of SkillsUSA

FirstConferenceNationwide Network of students and instructors in a common bond with industry. We’ve grown from 26 state and territorial associations to 54 and served over 11.6 million members since 1965. More than 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and labor unions are partners at the national level alone, with thousands more supporting at state and local levels.

Employability and Leadership Training with award-winning curricula, such as the Professional Development Program, that supports SkillsUSA’s Program of Work. Our training, conducted in more than 17,500 classroom sections, provides applied instruction — and opportunities for CTE students to lead as officers and serve as chapter members.

Civically Engaged chapters conduct thousands of community service activities every year, using their occupational and leadership skills to benefit their neighbors, hometowns and the nation. CTE students gain public respect and understanding as a result. As important, they experience the exhilaration of helping others as they become Champions at Work.

Skilled Workforce. We are addressing both the skills gap and skilled worker shortages through programs such as the SkillsUSA Championships and industry-driven Skill Connect Assessments. We serve 130 occupational titles that represent one-quarter of the jobs offered by our economy. Our work is very much about America’s future.

Representing CTE. From local school boards to governors and statehouses and all the way to Washington, D.C., SkillsUSA continues to send a long line of red blazers to talk with policymakers, legislators and the news media about the purpose of career education and how important it is to students and employers. Our students are the “face” of CTE.