Welcome to NJ SkillsUSA 2022-2023
At the present time we are in the midst of a search for a new state director. As a result the calendar for this year's state activities has not been prepared and will be posted once a new state director comes on board.
Once the school year is underway, we have a weekly update communication that is sent to advisors every Friday. It is called the Friday Flash. This is our way to keep advisors updated on upcoming events, deadlines, general information and news from our national office in Leesburg, VA. Advisors should be sure their contact info is added to this mailing list.
The first order of business for advisors in September is to introduce your students to the organization and start compiling your membership list. Annual Student membership is $15 per person and Professional membership is $31 each. More membership info will be coming your way as soon as the school year gets started.
The state championships is the main focus for most chapters. We conducted 109 state competitions last year at various county vocational schools around the state. Those contests were held for the most part on Saturdays in March and April. Most of our competitions are restricted to one contestant or team per chapter/school. 90 of our events are national contests where the gold medalist from NJ is eligible to compete in the national contest in late June in Atlanta, GA. We also conduct 19 other contests in NJ that do not have a national component. Winners of these contests are awarded medals, but there is no contest on the national level.
Last year's guidelines for many of these contests can be found on our website:
Click on the Contest column header to alphabetize the list and click on each item to download and print. Last year's guidelines will remain posted until about October, when we will begin posting info for 22-23. So you should probably print the contests you are interested in soon and refer to them while you await the new info. Hopefully, you will be able to involve students from many of your high school CTE programs along with your own students.
Please feel free to contact our office with any concerns. While we reorganize contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to setting new goals and meeting new challenges!
SkillsUSA Fact Sheet
Overview: SkilllsUSA is a partnership of students, leaders and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student to excell. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations including health occupations and for further education. SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).
Membership: More than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 17,000 sections and 54 state and territorial associations. Combining alumni and lifetime membership, the total number impacted this year is more than 330,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 10.5 million members since its founding in 1965.
Mission: SkillsUSA's mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public career and 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. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.
Partners:More than 15,500 teachers and school administrators serve as professional SkillsUSA members and advisors. More than 1,100 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.
Programs: SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate
occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, over 5,600 students compete in over 100 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.
SkillsUSA New Jersey
SkillsUSA New Jersey
(908) 526-8900 ext: 7231
Monday - Friday 9am-2pm
SkillsUSA New Jersey
PO Box 6350
14 Vogt Drive
Bridgewater, NJ 08807