Student Activities / Organizations
SkillsUSA is a national organization serving more than 250,000 high school and college students and professional members who are enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations. It prepares America’s high performance workers. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. SkillsUSA builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communication skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education and pride in the dignity of work.
Northwest Iowa Community College has a very active local chapter with an average of 80 members. For more information on NCC's chapter, contact Steven Youngs, SkillsUSA Advisor.
Members become involved with activities on campus as well as within the communities such as:
Community service projects
- The Tool Fest
- Pizza Ranch coupons
- NCC Duck Dive
Competition is a big part of SkillsUSA. Local competitions are held in February and state competitions are held the first week in April. State competitions are held in Des Moines, Iowa. Those qualifying for nationals then compete in Kansas City in June. Eleven NCC students competed at the National SkillsUSA Conference this past summer.
- Canned food drive
- Adopt-A-Highway project
During the competitions students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, labor organizations and test competencies are set by industry.
SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA chapters help students excel who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. SkillsUSA has more than 300,000 students and instructors as members.
Each year NCC has consistently brought home awards and several national qualifiers from state SkillsUSA competition. The first place winners of the Iowa SkillsUSA Championships will go on to compete in the national event to be held the last full week of June in Kansas City.