Career and technical education student organizations serve over 25,000 young adults in New York State. Within the context of the career and technical education instruction program, student leadership organizations provide students interested in specific career areas with a range of individual, cooperative, and competitive activities. The United State Department of Education recognizes the career and technical education organizations in a policy statement signed by the Secretary of Education. Legislative support for these co-curricular and integral activities is included in current career and technical education legislation.
SkillsUSA is a National Organization that provides students with educational experiences in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. The New York State SkillsUSA has over 12,000 members who are involved in many community service activities as well as competing in the SkillsUSA Championships held in Syracuse each spring. The first place winners go on to compete in the National SkillsUSA Championships held in Kansas City in June. Business and industry partners are directly involved in evaluating the students knowledge and skills.
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