Skills USA


More than 300,000 students and instructors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 17,000 sections and 52 state and territorial associations. SkillsUSA has served more than11.2 million members.


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 communication 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.


Currently, more than 16,000 teachers and school administrators serve as professional SkillsUSA members and instructors. More than 600 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.


SkillsUSA programs include local, state, and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, nearly 6000 students compete in 99 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.

The Professional Development Program (PDP) teaches 84 workplace skill competencies in a series of hands-on self-paced lessons. The Total Quality Curriculum (TQC) trains students through activity-based instruction in the quality improvement process used by industry. Student2Student Mentoring gives high school students a chance to mentor younger students in the area of career development.

CareerSafe is a credentialed 10-hour online training program developed in cooperation with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to provide students with basic knowledge of safety and a credential desired in the job market.

Workplace Readiness Certification demonstrates student attainment of employability skills. It requires successful completion of a written exam prepared with NOCTI (National Occupational Competency Testing Institute) and NASDCTEc, the consortium of state directors of Career and Technical Education.

Whom Do I Contact?

Director Darin Taylor
Skills USA at UVU
CS 720G

Where Can I Get More Information?

UVU Tradition of Excellence

Based upon medal count, winning at the National SkillsUSA Competition is a tradition of excellence at UVU, as is noted by our National rankings:

  • 2014 - UVU #1
  • 2013 - UVU #2
  • 2012 - UVU #2
  • 2011 - UVU #2
  • 2010 - UVU #3
  • 2009 - UVU #2
  • 2008 - UVU #2
  • 2007 - UVU #2
  • 2006 - UVU #2
  • 2005 - UVU #2
  • 2004 - UVU #1
  • 2003 - UVU #1
  • 2002 - UVU #1
  • 2001 - UVU #1

Traditionally, up to forty-four states in the nation do not win as many college medals as UVU does each year at the national SkillsUSA competitions.

UVU 2014 SkillsUSA Winners from the College of T&C:


  • Nathan Smith  – Audio/radio production
  • Jonny Tanner – Audio/radio production
  • Ryan Greenwood – Carpentry
  • Gavin Johnson – Collision repair technology
  • Paul Smith – Commercial baking
  • Christopher Brinkerhoff – Engineering technology/design
  • Rick Lovell – Engineering technology/design
  • Casey Walker – Engineering technology/design
  • Matthew Cannon – Related technical math


  • Steve Blauer - Chapter business procedure
  • Herschel Clinger - Chapter business procedure
  • Lissa Dowd - Chapter business procedure
  • Katelyn Earl - Chapter business procedure
  • Rachel Kearl - Chapter business procedure
  • Travis Taylor - Chapter business procedure
  • Jonathan Nixon – Industrial motor control
  • Brayden Stevens – Technical drafting


  • Doug Clemens – Automotive refinishing technology
  • Justin Lewis – Cabinetmaking
  • Kylie Brown – Restaurant service

T&C had an additional 7 students place in the nation's top 10 in Robotics and automation technology, Video production, Culinary arts, Diesel equipment technology, and Technical computer applications.