Salem Students Excel in SkillsUSA Competitions
Each competition measures a student’s hands-on skills in his or her chosen field of study, including nursing, baking, welding, auto repair, and carpentry, as well as interviewing for jobs and public speaking. Students are given an assignment that must be completed within a set timeframe. Business and industry leaders judge the competitions. Students prepare for the competition for months, often staying after school to be coached by their teachers, and the prizes are well worth the effort. Some students receive scholarships and awards as a result of their exceptional performance in a competition.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It has an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public Career and Technical Education programs. SkillsUSA provides quality educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. 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.To learn more, click here.