SkillsUSA-VICA is a national organization serving more than 240,000 high school and college students and professional members who are enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations.
Preparing for Leadership in the World of Work
SkillsUSA-VICA prepares American's high performance workers. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA-VICA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service chapters.
SkillsUSA-VICA's mission is to help its members become world-class workers and responsible American citizens.
The colors red, white, blue and gold represent the national SkillsUSA-VICA organization
The shield denotes our belief in democracy, liberty and the American way of life.
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 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 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 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.
Meaning of the Pledge
Upon my honor, I pledge: This is a very strong statement. It means you are committed to follow through on your promise.
To prepare myself: Preparation requires self-control. It means effort without immediate reward but with the knowledge that the effort will pay off when the preparation is completed.
By diligent study: Diligence implies something far beyond a quick review of assignments. Diligence means perseverance, concentration and not always taking the easy route.
And ardent practice: A person of character makes every effort in spite of setbacks or personal loss.
To become a worker: SkillsUSA-VICA members take pride in making things happen, in being good workers and in their employers.
Whose services: Doing things for others is the basis of many occupations. SkillsUSA-VICA member strive to be active in their schools and communities
Will be recognized as honorable: The results of preparation, study, practice, work and service is the respect and honor given SkillsUSA-VICA members.
To base my expectations of reward upon the solid foundation of services: This statement reinforces the attitude that we must first serve in order to gain. This attitude is important to success.
To respect my vocation: SkillsUSA-VICA members recognize the need to find their vocation and strive to understand its traditions, skills, leaders and potential.
To spare no effort in upholding these ideals: This means service to the community, school and SkillsUSA-VICA chapter-getting things done and becoming a leader, all with the ideals of SkillsUSA-VICA in mind.
I believe in the dignity of work
I hold that society has advanced to its present culture through the use of the worker's hands and mind. I will maintain a feeling of humbleness for the knowledge and skills that I receive from professionals, and I will conduct myself with dignity in the work I do.
I believe in the American way of life
I know our culture is the result of freedom of action and opportunities won by the founders of our American republic, and I will uphold their ideals.
I believe in education
I will endeavor to make the best use of knowledge, skills and experience that I will learn in order that I may be a better worker in my chosen occupation and a better citizen in my community. To this end, I will continue my learning now and in the future.
SkillsUSA-VICA has almost a quarter million students members annually, organized into more than 13,000 chapters and 53 state and territorial associations (including Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands).
PARTNERSHIPS with BUSINESS/EDUCATION/STUDENTS
Approximately 15,000 teachers and school administrators serve as professional SkillsUSA-VICA members and instructors. More than 1,000 corporations, trade associations and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA-VICA on a national level through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA-VICA activities. Many more work directly with state associations and local chapters.
SkillsUSA-VICA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. During the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 3,800 students compete in 68 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA-VICA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom.
The SkillsUSA-VICA Total Quality Curriculum enhance SkillsUSA-VICA's Quality at Work movement by preparing students for the world or work starting in the classroom. The curriculum emphasizes the competencies and essential workplace basic skills identified by employers and the US Secretary of Labor's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS).
The Professional Development Program is a self-paced curriculum for secondary and college students. It teaches skills such as effective communication and management, teamwork, networking, workplace ethics, job interviewing and more. the curriculum involves local industry and academics and can be used in day-trades, apprenticeship training, cooperative education, school-to-work, academic and special needs programs.
For further information, contact:
SkillsUSA-VICA is a "Commitment Maker" with the America's Promise organization, chaired by General Colin Powell. SkillsUSA-VICA became involved with America's promise through our work on the Volunteers in Career Awareness mentoring program.