Define, implement and measure

career readiness

in all pathways, At ALL AGES 



Ages 12-14

The exploratory course engages learners grades 6-9 to achieve four outcomes through project-based, blended learning, all focused around the 17 Essential Elements of the SkillsUSA Framework. Students apply career readiness content to their current life events and think ahead to their future careers.



Ages 14-16

The fundamental course provides a comprehensive structure for supporting students in exploring, developing and practicing career-readiness skills, practices and mindsets. Each unit provides activities that promote reflection, self-discovery and growth in SkillsUSA Framework skills.



Ages 17-19

The advanced course provides students with meaningful, engaging activities that promote reflection, critical reasoning, self-awareness and growth in personal, workplace and technical skills. The course is designed to be flexible to meet the needs of students exploring careers in all fields or occupational areas.



Ages 20+

This course builds upon the life experiences of adult learners to help develop personal, workplace and technical skills. This course fits adults’ lifestyles and schedules while advancing their transferable employability skills — no matter their occupational area.

In today’s world, it’s not enough for students to have just technical skills. If they want to advance their career potential and compete in today’s job market, they need to stand out, be distinct and  be a step ahead. That’s a tall order. How can you ensure students are career-ready? Here’s how.

The SkillsUSA Career Essentials suite engages students in defining, implementing and measuring their career-readiness skills along every point in their educational journey, whether it be middle-school, high-school, college/postsecondary including the adult learner.

The curriculum generates high levels of student engagement and is built on evidence-based outcomes that support the industry-validated Career-Ready Assessment.

Together, curricula and assessments work to culminate in students earning the industry-recognized Career Essentials credentials.

No longer do you need to search for a curriculum that will meet the pressing needs of fulfilling national and state standards related to career readiness.

The finest practitioners in the areas of career readiness and employability built the Career Essentials suite as a complete system and learning continuum to ensure your students are competitive in the global marketplace.

“At IAA, more than 80% of employees who came to us from SkillsUSA are still employed after five years, and often not in their original role, but in one they have been promoted into because of their employability skills.” 

— Don Hermanek, Senior Vice President