SkillsUSA Alaska

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What is SkillsUSA?

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA enhances the lives and careers of students, instructors and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work.

Looking for a way to improve your future? Join SkillsUSA! Through SkillsUSA you can win competition in all skill sets from Automobile Diesel to Photography. 

To start a new SkillsUSA chapter, you simply need to get permission from your administration, present the opportunity to students and then enroll your members. Your official charter will be presented at a later date by your state association (usually at a state conference.) Once enrolled, your chapter can run various SkillsUSA activities and enter our regional, state or national competitions. You can run community service and a variety of other activities using our national Program of Work. We do not mandate how you run the local program. However, each student must be registered as a member before competing in our state or national competitions. To learn the basics of running ​a chapter, go to:

This year's State Advisor of the year goes to Theresa Whitehurst. Congratulations! We would also like to recognize Cheemoua Thao and Monica Bustillos for being Co-Students of the year!
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March 2021

The 2021 Alaska SkillsUSA State Conference has been officially canceled due to the current health crisis. More information about why this decision was made can be found on our Current Updates Page. If you have any further questions or concerns, please direct them to you school's advisor.We hope everyone stays safe and healthy.

March 2020

The 2020 Alaska SkillsUSA State Conference has been officially canceled due to the current health crisis. As of this point, the nationals conference has not been affected, although that could change. More information about why this decision was made can be found on our Current Updates Page. If you have any further questions or concerns, please direct them to you school's advisor.  Please check your emails and our web page for up to date information about SkillsUSA conferences. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy.

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Mike Rowe himself talks about Skills USA and the skills gap.

Kayleen McCabe, National television personality joined SkillsUSA to create this public service announcement. She also has a website where you can learn more about her and what she does.

Skills USA Podcasts

On February 8th, 2019, Skills USA's podcast channel, hosted by Representatives Jim Langevin and Glenn Thompson, had a CTE 101 briefing joined by the Executive Director of Skills USA, Tim Lawrence, and Jared Nagurka of ACTE and Kathryn Zekus of Advance CTE. They talked about what career and technical education (CTE) programs look like, career and technical student organizations (CTSOs), and much more. To hear this podcast along with the others, visit either Apple music and search Skills USA Podcasts or see them all on our podcast page.

The History of SkillsUSA

Fifty years ago, 200 students, teachers and administrators held a conference at a hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

In founding the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, their goal was to establish a nationwide organization to represent trade and industrial education and to serve student needs.

Now, SkillsUSA changes lives every day. Students discover and grow their career passions and appreciate their own self-worth through the work and dedication of instructors, administrators, association directors, industry partners and alumni.

We continue to reach toward the founders’ vision, but — bottom line — our core purpose is the same: to help instructors reach and engage their students so their students will succeed.

SkillsUSA is privileged to serve students, schools, colleges and industry, and the most inspiring instructors and administrators in American education.


Currently there are:

  • 54 state and territorial associations

  • More than 11.6 million members since 1965

  • 600+ national partners –– businesses, trade associations and unions

  • 17,500+ classrooms conducting SkillsUSA training nationwide

  • 1,000s of community service activities each year

  • 1/4 of U.S. occupational areas covered by SkillsUSA curriculum — that’s 130 job categories

Jordyn Baker of King Career Center heading to Abu Dhabi to represent the United States SkillsUSA team at the 2017 World Skills competition.