SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled, professional workforce. It’s a nonprofit organization for students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. As a member of the SkillsUSA association, MTC participates each year in Regional and National Competitions because we believe that this experience builds leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character in the students who participate. The competition also reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.
The SkillsUSA Championships provides a showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.
The philosophy of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs.
In 2013, for the tenth straight year, Manatee Technical College students won more medals than any other school in the nation at the SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City.
To put it in perspective, there are about 10,000 school districts and 4,000 tech centers, colleges and universities in the U.S.; some have one or two national champions from career and technical student organization competitions. MTC had 56 national champions in SkillsUSA alone, bringing home 33 gold, 13 silver and 10 bronze medals. Our objective is to produce graduates who are able to earn national industry-recognized credentials.
The SkillsUSA Championships are a showcase for the best career and technical education students in the nation. Students had to have won first in the state to qualify. Only two percent of SkillsUSA members make it to nationals. Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupational areas like business management and technology, engineering technology/design, firefighting, nail care, and web design. According to students who compete, the SkillsUSA Championships are like the Olympics for career and technical education.
The SkillsUSA Championships began in 1967. Students from every state and Puerto Rico compete in skill, technical and leadership fields. Judges and contest organizers from labor and management make the national contests possible. Contest competencies are set by industry.
The National Championships are held in June of each year.