SkillsUSA Students Preparing for Manufacturing Careers Thank Corporate Partners

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U.S. Manufacturing is World’s 8th Largest Economy

We salute our manufacturing partners—who are exemplary corporate citizens—for their continued commitment to SkillsUSA as we prepare the skilled workforce that will sustain our nation’s global economic leadership.

In honor of Manufacturing Day, October 3, SkillsUSA recognizes the role its manufacturing partners play in helping SkillsUSA meet its mission to empower its student members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

Among its nearly 300,000 career and technical high school and college student members nationwide, thousands are studying careers in the trades and specifically for manufacturing careers. Many more are studying curricula related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), which often lead to careers in the manufacturing sector.

SkillsUSA’s business and industry partners help to define the skills and competencies needed to succeed as an entry-level employee. Technical skills, honed through industry-designed and judged competitions and authentic assessments, complemented by employability and leadership skills training, make SkillsUSA students career-ready, productive and promotable on the job. In this way, SkillsUSA is one of the answers to the nation’s growing “skills gap” that compromises our economic vitality and security.

Partnerships with business, industry and organized labor are SkillsUSA’s lifeblood. More than 600 partners support SkillsUSA at the national level with financial donations and/or in-kind contributions of contest equipment, supplies and prizes, volunteer time and talent. Thousands more partnerships operate at the local and state levels of SkillsUSA.

Manufacturers whose 2014 investments in mission-related national programs and events qualify for SkillsUSA Official Sponsor status include:

3M Company
Aggreko, LLC
Air Products
Alcoa Foundation
AMT The Association for Manufacturing Technology
Axalta Coating Systems
Robert Bosch Tool Corp.
Calculated Industries
Carhartt Industries
Caterpillar Inc.
Chrysler Group LLC
Deere & Company
GE Appliances
Harley-Davidson Motor Co.
Hewlett-Packard Company
Hypertherm, Inc.
Intelitek, Inc.
Interstate Batteries, Inc.
IRWIN Industrial Tools
Lincoln Electric Co.
Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Inc./Hobart
Panduit Corporation
Praxair Inc.
Sandvik Coromant
SawStop, LLC
Snap-on Incorporated
Toyota Motor Sales, USA

“Throughout SkillsUSA’s 50-year history, U.S. manufacturers have provided the financial investments and volunteer leadership that have had a dynamic, positive effect on our students’ lives and careers,” said Kelly Persons, SkillsUSA’s director of Business Partnerships and Development. “The U.S. manufacturing sector is the world’s eighth-largest economy and provides more than 12 million jobs, almost all of which require increasing levels of technical expertise and ability to apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills. We salute our manufacturing partners—who are exemplary corporate citizens—for their continued commitment to SkillsUSA as we prepare the skilled workforce that will sustain our nation’s global economic leadership.”

About SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA helps students discover and grow their career passions. As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry working together, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps every student excel. The nationwide career and technical education student organization annually serves more than 300,000 high school, college and postsecondary students—and their instructors—in technical, skilled, and service occupation instructional programs. Career and technical education is learning that works for America. SkillsUSA has the active support of more than 600 corporations, trade associations, business and labor unions at the national level. Over 11 million people have been annual members of SkillsUSA since its founding as the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America in on May 8, 1965. SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety. For more information, go to

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