More than 100 SkillsUSA students and their sponsors from Wylie and Wylie East high schools participated in the SkillsUSA State Conference and Competition April 6-9 in Corpus Christi. Some 6,000 students from across Texas competed in 145 fields. Wylie ISD students earned several medals and ribbons, and one team and one individual have advanced to the national finals this summer in Louisville, KY.
“We are so proud of all these students and their sponsors for what they’ve accomplished,” said Jason Hudson, Wylie ISD Director of Academic & Career Connections. “The Texas SkillsUSA competition is one of the most challenging, and rewarding, events our Career and Technology Education students can take part in. The Wylie Way includes preparing our kids for success beyond the classroom, and that is what Skills is all about.”
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce while helping each student to excel. It is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations and for further education. It was formerly known as VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).
SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. The program 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.
SkillsUSA teaches the importance of developing leadership skills, positive attitudes, and pride in workmanship. SkillsUSA Texas students associate schoolwork with real work. Participation and competition prepares students for employment by introducing them to corporate quality culture and emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, high standards in trade ethics, superior workmanship, quality, and safety.