Students enrolled at PATHS are eligible to participate in SkillsUSA, a national organization of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to prepare high-performance workers in career and technical occupations.
SkillsUSA emphasizes total work quality-high ethical standards, superior work skills and pride in the pursuit of lifelong learning.
The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. Through an investment from business and industry partners of approximately $36 million, the event occupies a space equivalent to 20 football fields. In 2018, there were more than 6,500 contestants in 103 separate events. Nearly 2,000 judges and contest organizers from labor and management make the national event possible. The philosophy of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs.