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October 9, 2015

SkillsUSA Framework

The SkillsUSA Framework turns chapter activities into intentional learning that helps students grow in the areas of personal, workplace and technical skills. The framework illustrates how students fulfill the mission of the organization “to empower members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.”

What it does

  • ·Provides a common language for students to articulate what they gain from SkillsUSA participation to employers, school administrators, parents and other students
  • ·Assesses student skill development along a learning continuum of awareness, demonstration and mastery
  • ·Creates a vision for SkillsUSA programs at the local, state and national levels to ensure quality student-led experiences that build skills in all members

Why it works

  • Empowers every student to achieve career success
  • Delivers a skill set demanded by business and industry but lacking in many employees today
  • Ensures that every student member receives a consistent and specific skill set
  • For more information on the SkillsUSA Framework, visit:

Intentional Chapter Planning Leads to Connecting You to Career Success

Dental assisting students at Putnam Career and Technical Center in Eleanor, W.Va., brainstormed ways to embed this year’s SkillsUSA theme into their program of work activities. “SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, Connecting You to Career Success” is the driving message of every activity. Dental-assisting instructor and SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year, Denise Foster, led her members to discover creative ways to highlight the theme. Members are planning an upcoming professional development project that involves hosting a “STEM Day” at their local middle school. The class officers plan to dress in SkillsUSA attire, while members will be dressed in scrub uniforms. Student members will facilitate lessons from the new SkillsUSA curriculum, Jump into STEM! This activity will involve SkillsUSA members from every career cluster.

Members worked together to develop a public relations activity that will not only spread the word about the organization but also serve the community. Students are planning a health fair and will be inviting the public to visit for free health screenings such as oral cancer exams, blood pressure checks, glucose and other blood tests. The SkillsUSA chapter members are collaborating with their local HOSA chapter so additional screenings can be made available. Dentists, hygienists and assistants will be invited and asked to volunteer their services. This will also allow the students to network with potential employers.

The SkillsUSA chapter at Putnam Career and Technical Center has an exciting year planned with a student focus that will be connecting them to career success! What cool ideas can your chapter members come up with to embed the SkillsUSA theme into their school year? Send your ideas to and we will send you a SkillsUSA promotional item and educational resource just for sharing your thoughts.

Register by Nov. 15 and Win Big for Your Chapter and Classroom

Membership has its advantages — and with SkillsUSA, the number of ways you and your students can benefit is immense.

  1. When advisors register 15 student members plus one or more professional members by Nov. 15, you will receive a copy of Ignite, a new resource designed around the SkillsUSA Framework with a variety of classroom activities that spark student engagement.
  2. Professional membership that is submitted at any time during the school year grants advisors access to Jump into STEM! This new program teaches SkillsUSA members how to facilitate STEM workshops for elementary-school students. The downloadable curriculum includes 22 activities for hands-on learning.
  3. The third resource, free to paid professional members that submit membership at any time during the school year, is the Career Readiness Curriculum (CRC). This program supports the framework of the SkillsUSA mission, which includes personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics — all essential to a successful technical education and future workplace success. The CRC includes 29 lesson plans and is based on national employability initiatives. For more details on these incentives, see the membership kit or visit the SkillsUSA website:

Register and Win — OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Training or Construction Training Vouchers, $25 Value Each

Register at least 15 members and one professional, and you will be placed in a drawing to receive up to 50 free OSHA vouchers. The OSHA Outreach Training Program for General Industry provides training for entry-level workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces in general industry. The program also provides information regarding workers' rights, employer responsibilities and how to file a complaint. Don’t delay; drawings are coming to end soon!

Need Help with Your Chapter or Registering Members? Call the SkillsUSA Membership Hotline Toll Free, 844-875-4557

Hotline operators are ready to answer your questions on how to start a new chapter, engage chapter members and strengthen an existing chapter — you name it, they are ready to tackle it! Operators are on call from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (Eastern time) Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. (Eastern) Tuesday and Thursday. Don’t have time to call? Send the operators an email at or chat with them online at the membership registration site.