A large group of SkillsUSA students from all over the United States attended the Washington Leadership Training Institute in Washington DC in mid-September. SkillsUSA www.skillsusa.org is a national organization with a mission of helping its members become “world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.”
There are over 17,000 SkillsUSA sections and 54 associations across the country. Teachers and industry leaders work together with high school and college students to prepare them for careers in many fields.
In addition to local, state, and national competitions, SkillsUSA also offers leadership seminars such as the Washington Leadership Training Institute.
One of the students attending the Washington Leadership Training Institute in September was Diego Carvello from Georgia. Carvello is the National Region II Vice President for SkillsUSA for the 2011-2012 year. This is Carvello’s fourth year with SkillsUSA and he has gained confidence that enabled him to run for the office he currently holds. Carvello competes in state-only competitions called tactical team which is similar to what SWAT teams do. He’s in a criminal justice program in school and feels that SkillsUSA will help him reach his goals.
In October this year, 17 SkillsUSA students will be heading to the 41st International event in London, England. These 17 students will make up SkillsUSA’s World Team and will compete against over 1000 students from 55 countries.
Some of the competitions at the International event include hands-on skills in fields such as auto repair, welding, and plumbing and heating. Other competitions include technical skills such as web design, graphic design, and IT support. Life skills are also included in the competitions such as cooking, hairdressing, beauty therapy, and restaurant services.
- Preparing for leadership in the world of work
Facets of the SkillsUSA Pledge
- To prepare by study and practice to become a good worker
- To be a contributing member of society
- To honor and respect vocations
- To serve others
- To have a good reputation
- To accomplish much and become a leader
SkillsUSA Creed: what is valued
- The dignity of work
- The American way of life
- Fair play
- Satisfaction gained from working hard
- High moral and spirtual standards
All in all, SkillsUSA’s training produces adults who embody what all parents want their children to become: self-sufficient, contributing members of society who not only take care of themselves but also give back to their communities.