SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).
SkillsUSA Michigan is a tax-exempt, not for profit 501(C)(3) educational association, affiliated with SkillsUSA located in Leesburg, Virginia. SkillsUSA Michigan is supported by a grant to the College Engineering and Technology at Eastern Michigan University, from the Michigan Department of Education.
The office is located at 204 King Hall, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197. Phone (734) 487-3888
SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, over 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.
More than 16,000 teachers and school administrators serve as professional SkillsUSA members and advisors. More than 600 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.