College/Postsecondary Program of Work
SkillsUSA activities for college/postsecondary chapters can be extremely valuable educational experiences. It would be difficult to overemphasize the importance of interesting and well-planned activities for a chapter. Activities should be the center for chapter involvement on campus, providing a focus for what SkillsUSA is all about. While giving students a chance to get out in the community and do something, activities can be structured and organized around SkillsUSA’s College/Postsecondary Program of Work.
Below is a suggested program of work for college/postsecondary chapters.
To have a chapter and perform activities, students must join SkillsUSA, elect officers and hold meetings. Members are students in career and technical programs and classes on campus.
Technical Skill Development/Championships
Technical learning occurs within the class or lab. The SkillsUSA Championships or competitions allow students to test their technical skills against their peers and industry standards.
Developing leaders and responsible American citizens is the fundamental goal of SkillsUSA. Through campus activities managed and led by students, professional and leadership skills develop. Members can conduct campus wide professional development activities. They can participate in local, state and national leadership conferences, and participate in the Career Skills Education Program, an online curriculum.
Community service plays a large part in developing leaders and a positive image of career and technical education. It also promotes character development for students. Consider a campus-wide project.
Service Learning is where SkillsUSA happens directly within the program through experiential learning at a new level.
What is Service Learning?
Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
- Promotes learning through active participation
- Provides structured time for students to reflect
- Provides an opportunities to use skills and knowledge in real-life situations
- Extends learning beyond the classroom
- Fosters a sense of caring for others
- Benefits the student and the community
- Is a graded project/part of the curriculum
Service Learning projects involve students in:
- Environments supplement their education
- Opportunities to build workplace skills
- Communication and networking
- Awareness of community needs
Service Learning is not:
- An episodic volunteer program
- An add-on to an existing school or college curriculum
- Completing minimum service hours to graduate
- Service assigned as a form of punishment
- One-sided, benefiting only students or only the community
Training in Service Learning is available. See this section or telephone us at 703-777-8810.
*SkillsUSA is an official certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Documented community service and service learning hours are eligible.