SkillsUSA Pueblo County High School is a member of SkillsUSA Colorado and SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit student organization serving teachers, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. SkillsUSA is a unique partnership of more than 300,000 students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled work force.

SkillsUSA Colorado serves more than 2,500 students across the state. SkillsUSA Colorado’s programs leadership conferences as well as district and state competitions in which students compete in a variety of events encompassing leadership development and occupationally-related trade, industrial and technical contests. Last year, more than 550 students and advisors attended the Colorado Leadership and Skills Championships and competed in 14 leadership and 21 skill-based events.

But the fun doesn’t stop there! First place winners at the state championships earn the honor of representing our state at the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) held in Kansas City, MO.

SkillsUSA Colorado is dedicated to student growth and continuous improvement, both as skilled workers as well as emerging leaders. Although the skill competitions may seem to be the focus for most students, they truly are secondary to SkillsUSA Colorado’s primary goal – that of leadership development. SkillsUSA Colorado is dedicated to providing opportunities for students to develop their full potential in the areas of leadership, academics, transitional and organizational skills.

With SkillsUSA Colorado, students are encouraged to step into leadership roles by running their own chapter with the advice and guidance of an instructor. Students, whether at the high school or post-secondary level, are encouraged to plan and execute their own program of work and organize fundraising efforts; participate in a local or district competitions; establish relationships and work with community and industry leaders and volunteers; and perform community service to give back to the people who are there to support them!

These “hands-on” experiences provide the students with valuable skills in areas such as project management, letter writing, networking, communications and team work.