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SkillsUSA

Welcome to KY - Greenup County ATC SkillsUSA

 
Key Facts
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. It helps each student excel.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).
 
SkillsUSA Motto
Preparing for leadership in the world of work.
 
SkillsUSA Pledge
Upon my honor, I pledge:
  • To prepare myself by diligent study and ardent practice to become a worker whose services will be recognized as honorable by my employer and fellow workers.
  • To base my expectations of reward upon the solid foundation of service.
  • To honor and respect my vocation in such a way as to bring repute to myself.
  • And further, to spare no effort in upholding the ideals of SkillsUSA.
SkillsUSA Creed

I believe in the dignity of work
I believe in the American way of life
I believe in education
I believe in fair play
I believe satisfaction is achieved by good work
I believe in high moral and spiritual standards

SkillsUSA Colors
The colors red, white, blue and gold represent the national SkillsUSA organization.
  • Red and white represent the individual states and chapters.
  • Blue represents the common union of the states and of the chapters.
  • Gold represents the individual, the most important element of the organization.
Symbolism of the SkillsUSA Emblem
The shield represents patriotism
The shield denotes our belief in democracy, liberty and the American way of life.
The gear represents the industrial society
The gear, symbolic of the industrial society, denotes the interdependence and cooperation of the individual working with labor and management for the betterment of mankind.
The torch represents knowledge
The flaming torch reflects the light of knowledge, which dispels the darkness of ignorance. In the light of the torch, progress will be made toward the vocational goals of the individual.
The orbital circles represent technology
The circles present the challenge of modern technology and the training needed to accept and master the challenge of new technical frontiers and the need for continuous education.
The hands represent the individual
The hands portray a search for knowledge and our desire to acquire a skill. In the process of attaining knowledge and skill, we will develop a respect for the dignity of work and become productive and responsible citizens.
 
SkillsUSA History
1965
The Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, Inc. (VICA) was founded by students and teachers who were serious about their professions and saw the need for more training in the areas of leadership to complement their chosen vocation. In Nashville, Tennessee, 14 states were represented, as VICA chose it's name, colors, motto, purposes and goals.
1966
VICA membership was 29,534 in 1,074 clubs in 26 chartered states and territories.
The first issue of the VICA magazine was produced.
1967
VICA added five more states, began holding competitive events and introduced uniform. Membership was well over 40,000.
1968
Plans were announced for the national VICA center to be located near Washington, D.C.
VICA members were received by President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Cabinet Room of the White House. The students give the President a handmade gavel and sounding block inscribed, "To Lyndon B. Johnson - America's Great Educational President."
1969
VICA membership hit 82,000 with new chapters, college/technical membership and VICA's yearly themes. The first theme was "Speak Up for America."
1970
The VICA Leadership Handbook was published for the first time and a student campaign to raise funds for the National Leadership Center got underway. The theme was "Skills Build America."
1971
At the seventh annual National Leadership Conference, there were 25 competitive activities.
1972
VICA membership up to 125,000.
1973
VICA membership over 150,000.
1974
VICA purchased land for the new National Leadership Center in Leesburg, VA.
VICA members met with President Ford.
1975
VICA celebrated it's 10th anniversary with the induction of the one millionth member.
1976
5,000 VICA members attended the U.S. Skill Olympics in Miami Beach.
Membership reached a quarter of a million with 10,000 active chapters.
1977
Contributions from VICA alumni, friends and members to purchase the land where the National Leadership Center now sits topped $56,000.
1978
Ground breaking began for the National Leadership Center in Leesburg, VA.
1979
The national leadership center was dedicated after 15 years of planning and fund raising.
1980
VICA started the Youth Development Foundation Committee to make sure that our programs were relevant to both students' and industry's needs and make sure that financing was available to support them.
1981
VICA played host to the International Youth Skill Olympics where VICA members joined 274 international contestants from 14 countries in 33 contests.
Nearly 7,000 VICA members attended the National Leadership Conference and U.S. Skill Olympics.
1982
The first year VICA incorporated industry update seminars as part of the National Leadership Conference.
1983
President Ronald Reagan spoke at the National Leadership Conference and said, "American industry as well as American educational institutions should take note of the VICA experience."
1984
Membership attained its three and a half-millionth member.
1985
VICA's 20th anniversary; membership had grown to 12,632 chapters; the U.S. Skill Olympics had gone from 5 competitive events to 38.
The first International Skill Olympics Gold Medal was awarded to the United States. Dennis Falls of Arizona brought home the graphic design gold medal.
1986
The board of directors opened its membership to representatives of technical and health occupations education.
An ex-officio board position was created for the chairman of the Youth Development Foundation Committee.
1987
The VICA Professional Development Program was created, and in testing Level 1, 6,500 students and teachers took part.
1988
VICA's Board of Directors appointed Stephen Denby as executive director; efforts began to organize VICA chapters in Ontario, Canada.
VICA released the Professional Development Program nationwide.
1989
An ex-officio position on the Board of Directors was created for the State VICA Directors' Association.
1990
VICA celebrates its 25th anniversary!
1991
Robert Pope won the gold medal for welding in the Amsterdam International Youth Skill Olympics. He made olympic history by receiving the first gold medal in welding for the United States, and by obtaining the most points in any IYSO contest since it's beginning.
1992
VICA won the Vocational Instructional Materials (VIM) Outstanding Mediated Instructional award for it's parliamentary procedure video entitled "Rules of the Game."
1993
Nicholas Peterson won the bronze medal in welding at the International Youth Skills Olympics in Taiwan.
1994
The new name of the United States Skill Olympics was announced. The competition's name would be the Skills USA Championships - to become effective during the National Leadership and Skills Conference in 1995.
1995
Branden Muehlbrandt won the silver medal in welding at the International Youth Skill Competitions (IYSC) (officially renamed from the International Youth Skill Olympics).
The Skills USA Championships became the new official name of the national competition.
VICA received it's official designation as a CEU sponsor.
The new Professional Development Program, and the Total Quality Curriculum were introduced to the public.
1996
VICA received the Oracle Award by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) for the new Professional Development Program.
VICA received the Vocational Instructional Materials (VIM) Award of Excellence for the PDP.
Secretary of Education Riley, Secretary of Labor Reich, and J.D. Hoye, Executive Director of the Department of Education's School to Work Office spoke at VICA's Washington Leadership Training Institute's Congressional Breakfast.
1997
VICA held its first School-to-Work Conference at the NLSC.
VICA's web site was given an award for it's web site by the Awards for Publication Excellence (APEX).
1998
The Board of Directors voted to change the name of the organization to SkillsUSA?VICA.
Robert Flint of Caterpillar Inc. was the first business representative elected to chair the Board of Directors.
1999
VICA officially changed to SkillsUSA?VICA on July 4, 1999 at the National Leadership and Skills Conference.
Students competing in the World Skills Competition in Montreal placed higher than ever before.
Nationwide, chapter members began an image campaign in which they spoke to community leaders about the value of skilled employees, their training and SkillsUSA?VICA membership.
2001
Timothy W. Lawrence, a former student member, became national executive director. Formerly national director of business and industry partnerships, Lawrence had also been a classroom instructor, industry employee, state association director and member of the Board of Directors.
An ex-officio position was created for National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium.
2002
The Board of Directors approved shortening the name of the national organization from SkillsUSA?VICA to SkillsUSA, effective Sept. 1, 2004.
2003
An ex-officio position on the Board of Directors was created for a college/postsecondary representative.
2004
On Sept. 1, the organization's name officially changed to SkillsUSA.
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