SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.

Mission Statement: SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.

SkillsUSA serves more than 335,000 students and instructors annually. This includes 20,926 instructors who join as professional members. Including alumni, SkillsUSA membership totals over 395,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 12.5 million annual members cumulatively since 1965.

Service Learning: One of the SkillsUSA Service Learning Projects is the Charitable Chariots program. This program donated a car to Danyel Mier of Sheldon on Friday, October 26, 2018. Students in the Diesel Technology and Automotive & Light-Duty Diesel Technology programs worked on the car originally donated by Dave & Denise Wolthuizen and installed a new motor donated by Swifts Trails End of Des Moines. This is the 20th car donated to needy families in Northwest Iowa through the Charitable Chariots Program. The recipient is identified by the Auto Assistance Committee (AAC), a group of service agencies from across Northwest Iowa who have joined together in order to make the best possible selections for the recipients of the cars donated from NCC.

Competition and Conferences: Competition is also a big part of SkillsUSA. During the competitions students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining and medical assisting. 

  • Local competitions are held in February.
  • State competitions are held the first week of April in Des Moines.
  • Those qualifying for nationals then compete in June in Kansas City.

All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations. Test competencies are set by the involved industries.

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NCC‘s local, state, and national qualifiers have regularly won awards at many levels: 

For more information on NCC’s chapter, contact Jim Gaard, SkillsUSA Advisor and Automotove Technology Instructor.