Skills USA Club

Skills USA Club - One club all Lake Washington Institute of Technology students can join!

Advisor: Don Dale
Location: East Building, Room E128
Contact: (425) 739-8314

Meeting Schedule - To Be Announced 

Why Get Involved?

Give your resumé a boost! Students who have been involved have won scholarships, tools and equipment worth thousands! They've also gotten the chance to demonstrate their abilities in front of potential employers. SkillsUSA allows students to get feedback from professionals in their field and to make valuable connections for their future job search.

LWTech has 110 Certificate and Degree programs. SkillsUSA provides students with a variety of opportunities to practice their technical skills, compete and network. Students in any program at LWTech can get involved. Students can participate in competitions related to their technical training and/or in leadership competitions such as job interviewing, job skills demonstration, prepared speech and extemporaneous speaking.

SkillsUSA Fact Sheet

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

Membership: More than 285,000 student and instructors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 15,000 sections and 54 state and territorial associations. SkillsUSA has served more than 9.3 million members.

Mission: SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America's high performance workers in public career and technical programs. It 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 total quality at work: 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, 15,166 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. Many more work directly with state associations and local chapters.

Programs: SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national level SkillsUSA Championships, over 5,000 students compete in 87 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.

For more on the available competitions, see the 2013 competition project guide and the 2013-2014 Competition Standards.

To find out how to get involved at LWTech contact Don Dale

To learn more about competing in SkillsUSA, visit the competition website.