Pledge, Creed, Emblem and Colors
Upon my honor, I pledge:
- To prepare myself by diligent study and ardent practice to become a worker whose services will be recognized as honorable by my employer and fellow workers.
- To base my expectations of reward upon the solid foundation of service.
- To honor and respect my vocation in such a way as to bring repute to myself.
- And further, to spare no effort in upholding the ideals of SkillsUSA.
Upon my honor
> This is a very strong statement. It means you are committed to follow through on your promise.
To prepare myself
> Preparation requires self-control. It means effort without immediate reward but with the knowledge that the effort will pay off when the preparation is completed.
By diligent study
> Diligence implies something far beyond a quick review of assignments. Diligence means perseverance, concentration and not always taking the easy route.
And ardent practice
> A person of character makes every effort in spite of setbacks or personal loss.
To become a worker
> SkillsUSA members take pride in making things happen, in being good workers and in their employers.
> Doing things for others is the basis of many occupations. SkillsUSA members strive to be active in their schools and communities.
Will be recognized as honorable
> The result of preparation, study, practice, work and service is the respect and honor given SkillsUSA members.
To base my expectations of reward upon the solid foundation of service
> This statement reinforces the attitude that we must first serve in order to gain. This attitude is important to success.
To respect my vocation
> SkillsUSA members recognize the need to find their vocation and strive to understand its traditions, skills, leaders and potential.
To bring repute to myself
> SkillsUSA members strive to have a good reputation among their peers, fellow workers, teachers, parents and employers.
To spare no effort in upholding these ideals
> This means service to the community, school and SkillsUSA chapter – getting things done and becoming a leader, all with the ideals of SkillsUSA in mind.
I believe in the dignity of work.
I hold that society has advanced to its present culture through the use of the worker’s hands and mind. I will maintain a feeling of humbleness for the knowledge and skills that I receive from professionals, and I will conduct myself with dignity in the work I do.
I believe in the American way of life.
I know our culture is the result of freedom of action and opportunities won by the founders of our American republic, and I will uphold their ideals.
I believe in education.
I will endeavor to make the best use of knowledge, skills and experience that I will learn in order that I may be a better worker in my chosen occupation and a better citizen in my community. To this end, I will continue my learning now and in the future.
I believe in fair play.
I will, through honesty and fair play, respect the rights of others. I will always conduct myself in the manner of the best professionals in my occupation and treat those with whom I work as I would like to be treated.
I believe satisfaction is achieved by good work.
I feel that compensation and personal satisfaction received for my work and services will be in proportion to my creative and productive ability.
I believe in high moral and spiritual standards.
I will endeavor to conduct myself in such a manner as to set an example for others by living a wholesome life and by fulfilling my responsibilities as a citizen of my community.
The colors red, white, blue and gold represent the national SkillsUSA organization.
Red and white represent the individual states and chapters.
Blue represents the common union of the states and of the chapters.
Gold represents the individual, the most important element of the organization.
The shield represents patriotism.
> The shield denotes our belief in democracy, liberty and the American way of life.
The gear represents the industrial society.
> The gear, symbolic of the industrial society, denotes the interdependence and cooperation of the individual working with labor and management for the betterment of mankind.
The torch represents knowledge.
> The flaming torch reflects the light of knowledge, which dispels the darkness of ignorance. In the light of the torch, progress will be made toward the vocational goals of the individual.
The orbital circles represent technology.
> The circles present the challenge of modern technology and the training needed to accept and master the challenge of new technical frontiers and the need for continuous education.
The hands represent the individual.
> The hands portray a search for knowledge and our desire to acquire a skill. In the process of attaining knowledge and skill, we will develop a respect for the dignity of work and become productive and responsible citizens.