Mansfield, Texas— Students and teachers at Ben Barber Innovation Academy have teamed up with SkillsUSA and its industry partners to celebrate SkillsUSA National Signing Day on May 4, 2021. Eight students were part of the program to recognize local career and technical education students for their dedication to pursuing a career in any of the 130 occupational areas that SkillsUSA serves. This year, more than 1,500 students from 300 SkillsUSA schools are expected to participate nationwide. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.
This nonprofit education association empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens, producing career-ready graduates who can help close America’s skills gap. On SkillsUSA National Signing Day, these dedicated students will be recognized by their school administrators, teachers, elected officials, SkillsUSA advisors, family and friends for making a decision to pursue a career in the skilled trades, a high-demand sector that continues to face an immense labor shortage. In a style similar to “National Signing Day” events for high-school student athletes, the students will be applauded as they announce their career plans and sign “letters of intent” for a job offer, apprenticeship or advanced technical training. This recognition for career and technical education students will illuminate the many training programs and career paths for students.
“We want to thank our community, most especially Klein Tools, for supporting SkillsUSA National Signing Day,” says Catherine Hudgins, Principal. "This program celebrates our career and technical education students and acknowledges their commitment to a career in the skilled trades. Because of this support, SkillsUSA National Signing Day will help generate more awareness of the skilled trades as a viable career option.
SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry founded in 1965 to strengthen the nation’s skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics. This SkillsUSA Framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life, while helping to close the skills gap in which millions of positions go unfilled. Through SkillsUSA’s championships program and curricula, employers have ensured schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA’s new credentialing process, they can now assess how ready potential employees are for the job. SkillsUSA has more than 372,000 annual members nationwide in high schools, middle schools and colleges, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education. With the addition of alumni, membership last year was 434,141. SkillsUSA receives in-kind and financial support from more than 650 national partners and has served more than 13.6 million members since 1965. For more information: www.skillsusa.org.