It is an organization of secondary and post
secondary technical students structured from the local chapter to
District, State, Regional, National and International levels. The
organization allows the excelling student to demonstrate learned
technical skills and academic achievements. Organized annual
skill competition is held at the State, National and
SkillsUSA also provides a tool that technical
students have available to develop leadership skills. Leadership
conferences are held at all levels. Leadership qualities
demonstrated are total quality management, goal setting, team
building, self motivational techniques, work ethic, patriotism
and pride in ones chosen career field
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has skilled workforce. We help 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. SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).
SkillsUSA VICA is a national organization that serves trade, industrial, technical, and health occupation students in public high schools, vocational centers, area vocational schools, and two-year colleges.
SkillsUSA VICA has over a quarter million student members annually, organized into more than 14,000 chapters and 52 state and territorial associations (including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands).SkillsUSA VICA is a national organization that serves trade, industrial, technical, and health occupation students in public high schools, vocational centers, area vocational schools, and two-year colleges.
SkillsUSA VICA has over a quarter million student members annually, organized into more than 14,000 chapters and 52 state and territorial associations (including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands).SkillsUSA VICA is an applied method of preparing America's high performance workers in public vocational-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. It also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvment in community service activities.
Currently some 15,000 teachers and school administrators served as professional SkillsUSA VICA members and instructors. More than 400 corporations, trade associations, and labor unions actively support National SkillsUSA VICA through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA VICA activities. Many more work directly with state associations and local chapters.
SkillsUSA VICA programs include local, state, and national competions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual National SkillsUSA VICA United States Skills Championships, nearly 3,600 students compete in 53 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA VICA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom.
Rhode Island VICA was established in 1976. Rhode Island VICA is the largest vocational student organization in the state with over 2300 members.