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Why SkillsUSA?




Serve Others




SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. SkillsUSA offers opportunities for competitive events and awards from the local to international levels.

SkillsUSA is a dynamic and career-oriented leadership organization focused on individual success at home, the classroom, the community and the workplace. Involvement in SkillsUSA can change your life.


Leadership is influence! There is no better way to build leadership skills than to help others improve. Through SkillsUSA you can plan and implement a community service project, run for chapter office or compete in leadership development events. All of these experiences develop valuable leadership skills such as communication, decision making, group collaboration and problem solving.

Pursuing higher education is costly. Whether you’re attending a technical school, community college or university, expenses such as tuition, books and living expenses add up quickly. SkillsUSA members are eligible for more than $600,000 in scholarships annually at the state and national level. In some cases, there are local scholarships as well. Not only can applying for scholarships lead to monetary awards, but the process also provides valuable experience in completing applications. Give yourself an opportunity to get ahead by taking advantage of the generous support available only to SkillsUSA members.  See links below.

Do you like to compete for prizes, scholarships and awards? SkillsUSA offers countless opportunities to showcase skills in competitive events while earning recognition that looks great on a résumé. You can compete at the local, state and national levels in areas applicable to your career choice. Not only will this help you learn to work under pressure, but it will also give you a competitive edge in the workplace. You’ll also have an opportunity to meet and learn from industry professionals.


There is nothing more fulfilling than helping others. That is why service is one of SkillsUSA’s top priorities. You can truly make a difference in the community by applying your knowledge and skills through service. The best part is, coming up with a service project is easy and rewarding. Together with other SkillsUSA members, you can share your time and energy to make a lasting difference in your corner of the world.


Want to see new places and meet new people? SkillsUSA can put you on the road to a variety of destinations depending on your level of involvement. Competitions and leadership conferences can lead to local, state, national and even global travel. Not only is this exciting from a student perspective, but it prepares you for potential careers that require mobility and exposure to different types of people and cultures. If you’re ready to broaden your horizons, SkillsUSA is ready to take you there!

Effective teams are fundamental to the success of any organization. Employers seek individuals who effectively work together to accomplish a common goal. SkillsUSA is just the place to learn the fundamentals of teamwork including trust, flexibility, loyalty and conflict resolution. Join a SkillsUSA team and gain valuable experience while building new friendships!


It has often been said that life is what you make of it. Much in the same way, SkillsUSA is all about making the most of a member’s experience. The best part is, the process of learning new things, meeting new people and seeing new places involves a great deal of fun! What’s more, you’re in charge! Whether it’s attending social activities, participating in competitions, volunteering for a community service project or providing leadership as an officer, you are the master of your SkillsUSA adventure. Do not let this opportunity for fun, learning and career development pass you by. The world of SkillsUSA awaits you … seize the day!


SkillsUSA-related Scholarships

North Dakota Academic or Career and Technical Education Scholarship (link to DPI)


ND Career Builders Scholarship & Loan Repayment

Research other local, state and national scholarships with  Visit and click on Financial Aid Planning > Scholarships.  High school students - need help accessing your account?  Contact your school counselor/career center.


Why Students should Become Members


SkillsUSA is a professional organization that is designed to be run by students for your own growth and benefit. SkillsUSA members develop into well-rounded people with technical, academic and employable skills that will help you get a job and have a successful career. Through chapter meetings, contests, leadership conferences and activities, you will build these skills.

Being a member also determines eligibility for running for office, serving as a voting delegate or being a leadership or skill contestant at the state or national level. Don’t lose out on a life-changing opportunity.

Student Membership Fees:  $15  ($8 for National Dues, $7 for State Dues)

See your local SkillsUSA Advisor to join!

Alumni and Friends

Everyone is welcome to join the SkillsUSA Alumni and Friends Association. Whether you are a graduating senior, a former member from years ago, an instructor, a school administrator, a parent or a business and industry partner, there will always be a role for you in SkillsUSA. These are members who wish to give back to the organization by helping with contest committees, State Officer team or contest Judging. Contact us to find out more information.

Message to Parents

Interested in what SkillsUSA membership can mean for your child?  This video offers some great news and insights.

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