Parents

Why Career and Technical Education?

A career and technical based education will help your child to be more than just an average student. Career and technical education can give your child what’s needed to succeed for life: technical skills, academic skills and employability skills. In addition, career and technical education helps students see how what they’re learning applies to the needs of employers.

Regardless of whether students are headed for college or the workforce, this type of education will help them prepare for the future. In fact, college-bound students can get job experiences to help them define their career plans, identify an appropriate course of study and help pay for tuition.

Just think of the benefits your child will receive by gaining not only a solid foundation in academics, but also hands-on, technical experience and know-how.

But wait! There’s more!

Add SkillsUSA to career and technical based education, and you’ll give your child further advantages!

SkillsUSA activities develop positive attitudes, build self-esteem and empower students to excel. They give students a head start in developing valuable professional skills such as communications, interpersonal abilities, time management, teamwork and more. Because SkillsUSA works hand-in-hand with business and industry, students get the skills employers want.

Leadership and Community Service

Leadership training is a key part of the SkillsUSA experience. Your child can put new leadership skills into practice with SkillsUSA service programs. Students design and run these programs (covering everything from mentoring younger students to cleaning up a public park) to meet their own community needs.

Motivation
Another way students are motivated to improve their skills is the SkillsUSA Championships program. These competitions start locally, advance through the regional and state levels, and culminate at the national SkillsUSA Championships.

Skilled and Schooled
Through the combination of career and technical training and SkillsUSA membership, your child can become a proficient student and leader and, ultimately, a skilled professional.

Bottom line: Jobs of the future will demand a higher level of both academic and technical skills. What does this mean to you and your child? It means exploring the many educational opportunities available to make sure your child gets skilled and schooled.

Here’s how you can help

  • Ask if your local high school or technical center participates in SkillsUSA. If not, talk to a counselor, school administrator or instructor about starting a chapter. If you need assistance contact Tracy Whitehead.
  • Be a positive, enthusiastic supporter of your child’s choice of career and technical education and SkillsUSA. In fact, encourage it.
  • Commit to being involved in your child’s progress while enrolled in SkillsUSA. Get to know the instructors and ask questions.
  • Visit local career and technical programs or career and technical schools and participate in SkillsUSA events.
  • Discuss with your child the value of career and technical skills training and SkillsUSA and how they relate to schoolwork and on-the-job responsibilities, and the commitment necessary for successful completion of the SkillsUSA program.

The potential for career growth and a successful future is limitless if SkillsUSA is integrated into a child’s education.