SkillsUSA is a national organization founded in 1965 as the Vocational Industrial Club of America, VICA. Its national membership totals 300,000 high school and post-secondary students and instructors. At the core of SkillsUSA are local, state and national contests in 99 different categories ranging from 3-D visualization and animation to welding. The College of Aviation’s chapter of SkillsUSA participates in the aviation maintenance technology competition.
Each year SkillsUSA holds the National Leadership and Skills Conference where students compete for the national championship in their respective skill. In 2013, Andrew Kincaid won the national championship in the aviation maintenance technology competition.
Mission Statement: SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. We improve the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Our vision is to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world, providing every member the opportunity for career success.
The SkillsUSA Chapter also holds annual events like the Chili Cook Off fundraiser and the Michigan aviation maintenance state competition for high schools and post-secondary students.