Special Announcement Regarding NJ SkillsUSA Leadership in 2021-22
With bittersweet emotions, Peter Carey retired as State Director of NJ SkillsUSA as of August 31. Mr. Carey wishes to thank everyone who has supported him and New Jersey SkillsUSA in his 26 years as state director. This was always his dream job, and he has been extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to serve this amazing organization. Somerset County Vo-Tech gave him a chance in 1994 that he will never forget.
The new State Director is Megan Andrews. Meg was a VICA member and leadership competitor when Mr. Carey was one of her advisors at Somerset County Vo-Tech in the early 1990’s. She has been involved on the state level in just about every role possible, from state HQ’s staff member, chapter advisor, contest coordinator, awards ceremony announcer and stage manager for state conferences. We could not be more excited about Meg; she is a product of our organization and is now poised to take us to a new level. Meg officially starts on September 1, so please welcome her warmly. Mr. Carey has offered to stay involved in a supporting role whenever and wherever he can be useful, so hopefully we will all cross paths again.
Somerset will continue to host the state SkillsUSA HQ’s office for 2021-22 under the leadership of one of its most successful graduates, Megan Andrews. Looking forward to a great year!
The SkillsUSA Framework illustrates how students fulfill the mission of the organization “to empower members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.”
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
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SkillsUSA New Jersey
PO Box 6350
14 Vogt Drive
Bridgewater, NJ 08807