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Student Leadership Through SkillsUSA. Missouri PLTW State Conference. Presented by: Dennis D. Harden, Ed.D. Coordinator, Career Education. Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs). CTSOs are an integral component of the CTE classroom.

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missouri pltw state conference

Student Leadership Through SkillsUSA

Missouri PLTW State Conference

Presented by:

Dennis D. Harden, Ed.D.

Coordinator, Career Education

career and technical student organizations ctsos
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)
  • CTSOs are an integral component of the CTE classroom.
  • CTSOs prepare students to become productive citizens and assume leadership roles in their communities.
  • Provide a unique program of career and leadership development, motivation, and recognition.
  • Required for CTE program approval.
career and technical student organizations ctsos1
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)
  • Eleven (11) CTSOs operate in Missouri that are recognized by the US Department of Education.
  • 74,086 students participated in 2012-13
  • Five (5) CTSOs rank in the top 10 nationally for student membership.
career and technical student organizations ctsos2
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)
  • Collegiate DECA
  • DECA
  • FBLA
  • FFA
  • HOSA
  • PAS
  • PBL
  • SkillsUSA
  • TSA
  • Young Farmers

What is SkillsUSA?

“SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, instructors and industry dedicated to assuring America has a skilled workforce. We help every student excel.”

key fact
  • 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.
the mission
The Mission…

SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers and responsible American citizens.

Jack Frederick, Kansas Top 20 of all world competitors at World Skills Competition, Calgary

Washington Leadership Training Institute

skillsusa today national scope
SkillsUSA Today: National Scope

One of the nation’s largest individual membership associations

  • 255,331 High School Students
  • 12,736 Educators from the High School Division
  • 32,092 College/PS Students
  • 2,903 Educators from the College/PS Division
  • 27,641 Registered Alumni
  • Over 1,100 National Business Partners
missouri skillsusa
Missouri SkillsUSA
  • 2011-12 Membership
    • 10,451 Secondary, Postsecondary and Adult
    • 9 Districts
    • 83 Chapters
  • Applied method of instruction
  • To connect with students
  • To build their personal pride
the laboratory
The Laboratory
  • We all understand the importance of the CTE lab – where technical skills are taught and practiced
  • The local Chapter becomes the “Leadership Lab” – Where employability skills are taught and practiced
  • Where STUDENTS carry out worthy activities for the program, school and community
what does the research say
What Does The Research Say?

80% “SkillsUSA is a big part of my life.”

81% “I take pride in my schoolwork.”

85% “I’m confident in planning my goals.”

96% “I have the skills & abilities to complete my work.”

According to the National Research Center for CTE

survey report, SkillsUSA students agree or strongly

agree with the following:

what does the research say1
What Does The Research Say?

79% “My students use math to solve real life problems.

80% “My students participate on teams.”

93% “My students achieve personal goals.”

95% “I encourage students to push themselves”

According to the National Research Center for CTE

survey report, SkillsUSA teachers agree or strongly

agree with the following:

a recent teacher poll
A Recent Teacher Poll:
  • Nearly 6,000 instructors/SkillsUSA advisors polled nationwide
  • 169,000 students in the sample over a five year enrollment period
poll results
Poll Results
  • Where do your students go after completing your training program?
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Poll Results
  • High School Completers
    • 45% Directly to Work
    • 36% College
    • 6% Apprenticeship or other Postsecondary Training
    • 5% Military
    • 4% None of the above
    • 4% Teacher was unsure
poll results2
Poll Results
  • Post Secondary/College Completers
    • 72% go to work
    • 10% pursue graduate work
    • 10% go to apprenticeship or other additional post

secondary training

    • 2% go to the military
    • 3% none of the above
    • 3% unsure
poll results3
Poll Results
  • In the five years of this sample, how many of your students have dropped out of school?
    • HIGH SCHOOL = 2.93%

How does that compare nationally?

high school retention
High School Retention
  • Time Magazine “Dropout Nation” Issue (date) cites 33% as the national average or a 67% retention rate
  • Poll shows SkillsUSA retention rate at 97+%
college retention rate
College Retention Rate
  • USDOE Study shows college dropout rate 50-60% or retention at 45%
  • SkillsUSA poll shows dropout rate 15% or retention at 85%


  • Professional Development
  • Social Activities


SkillsUSA Championships




Public Relations

Community Service

Ways and Means



More than 15,000 people—including students, teachers and business partners participate in the week-long event.

Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, and medical assisting.

Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations.

stem related contests
STEM-Related Contests
  • 3D Visualization and Animation
  • Automated Mfg.
  • Career Pathways Showcase
  • CNC Milling
  • CNC Turning
  • Humanoid Robotics
  • Mobile Electronics
  • Mobile Robotics
  • Principles of Technology
  • Robotics and Automation
  • Sustainability Solutions
  • Technical Drafting
for more information
For More Information

Missouri SkillsUSA

Dr. Paul Light, State SkillsUSA Director


(573) 761-4460