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Get a head start in the AV industry through SkillsUSA

AV professionals combine their creative, technical, and customer service skills and knowledge every day to do their work. Audiovisual technology is ultimately about communication, and how to use the appropriate tools to convey information.

What is SkillsUSA?

  • Professional organization for students in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations
  • Association with more than 250,000 members in over 4,700 schools
  • Offers leadership, citizenship, and character development programs and activities

SkillsUSA offers students:

  • Cutting-edge skills training
  • Employability skills (teamwork, leadership, goal-setting, etc.)
  • Chances for competition in their skill area
  • Opportunities for industry contacts, jobs, scholarships
  • Fun, travel, and excitement
  • Social outlets with their peers and community
  • Opportunity to be the best that they can be

How does it work?

  • Students run their own program of work in the classroom.
  • Students participate in state activities
  • Qualified students are invited to the national conference as delegates or competitors
  • Every student who participates gains skills and confidence and is better prepared for employment after completing school

How do I start?

  • If you're a student, ask your local SkillsUSA advisor how to join
  • If you're a teacher, contact a SkillsUSA advisor or your state SkillsUSA director, or contact the national office for information
  • Integrate SkillsUSA into your classroom
  • Develop a program of work
  • Conduct ongoing (student-led) activities
  • Watch students develop and thrive

The SkillsUSA Championships is the nation's showcase of public career and technical education. This annual event is the highlight of the SkillsUSA-VICA National Leadership and Skills Conference, held the last week of June in Kansas City, Missouri.

Approximately 4,000 state gold medallists compete annually for a national title in one of more than 65 leadership and hands-on occupational skill contests. Nearly 1,500 members of business, industry, and labor will participate as technical committee members or judges. Industry investment in the Championships is estimated at $20 million and growing.

The SkillsUSA Championships begin with more than 10,000 contests in local chapters. Winners advance through district, regional, and state contests. Statewide winners are invited to compete at the national level for gold, silver and bronze medallions.


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