About SkillsUSA New Mexico
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. With the help of dedicated teachers, SkillsUSA New Mexico reaches thousands of middle, high school, and college / postsecondary students. Each element of SkillsUSA programming is based upon a framework that illustrates the importance of personal, workplace, and technical skills grounded in academics.
SkillsUSA New Mexico is a successful solution to America’s growing skills gap. Business and industry members recognize that individuals entering the workforce not only lack technical abilities, but also employability skills. SkillsUSA New Mexico students gain the necessary tools that allow them to become exemplary individuals and employees.
In addition to emphasizing the importance of technical skills, we provide quality experiential learning opportunities for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. SkillsUSA New Mexico emphasizes the belief in high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work.
SkillsUSA’s mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.
Preparing for leadership in the world of work.
Upon my honor, I pledge:
To prepare myself by diligent study and ardent practice to become a worker whose services will be recognized as honorable by my employer and fellow workers.
To base my expectations of reward upon the solid foundation of service.
To honor and respect my vocation in such a way as to bring repute to myself.
And further, to spare no effort in upholding the ideals of SkillsUSA.
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
SkillsUSA New Mexico is one of the state’s largest career and technical student organizations with over 1,300 members, representing technical centers, middle schools, high schools and college/universities.
Nationally, more than 350,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 17,000 sections and 52 state and territorial associations. SkillsUSA has served more than 10.5 million members.
Each of our 66 competitive events are designed and judged by industry volunteers. Building SkillsUSA New Mexico’s partnerships to more than 100 businesses, industry and labor sponsors actively support SkillsUSA at the state and national level through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities.
SkillsUSA programs include local, state, and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, 800 students compete in 66 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA New Mexico participates in the same competitions at the state and national level.
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.