National Leadership and Skills Conference
June 25-30, 2018, in Louisville, Kentucky
At the SkillsUSA Championships, more than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA programs help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom. Competitors earn the right to represent Michigan at this conference by competing at the state level and taking first place among other student competitors. Over 600 student delegates elect the national officers, conduct the business of their organization, meet with business and industry representatives, and hear from government officials.
The conference is attended by over 15,000 individuals from across the country. It requires competition floor space that is equivalent to more than 16 football fields and exceeds $35 million in contributions from industry and education (in donated time, equipment and material) to operate! It is truly something you have to see to believe! Total volunteer time donated for the week exceeds 56,000 hours. Approximately 1,100 national corporations, trade associations, labor unions and partners support SkillsUSA at the national level.
Members attend this conference representing SkillsUSA Michigan as competitors, voting delegates, advisors, or guests.
The competitions are held on Wednesday and Thursday during the last week in June and are open to the public.
Registration packages include roundtrip transportation on our motorcoach. A schedule will be posted once we know which schools will be using the motorcoach, so we can schedule pickup points. In the past, the motorcoaches have pickups between 6:00-8:00 a.m., have a one hour lunch break, and arrive in Louisville approximately 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Championships Contest Updates
Please be sure to read the contest updates posted on the National web page. Please be sure to check the contest updates regularly. We want all competitors to be aware of this information and any changes, so you are prepared for your contest!
All contestants will be required to submit a one-page, type-written resume. A penalty of 10 points will be assessed for failure to submit a resume. The resume will be turned in at the contest orientation meeting.
SkillsUSA Leadership Test
All students will be required to take the SkillsUSA Leadership Test on Monday evening immediately after the state orientation meeting. All contestants must bring a sharpened #2 pencil with them to the meeting as extra pencils will not be available.
The clothing requirement for your contest is found in the Technical Standards. Please be sure to follow this exactly as you will receive a penalty for not having the proper clothing. Be sure to get the proper clothing beforehand as there is no guarantee that you will be able to purchase what you need at the National Conference. Competition uniforms may be purchased at the SkillsUSA Online Store.
Registrants should remember that they are representing SkillsUSA and forming a public impression of the organization. When traveling, registrants are not required to wear official SkillsUSA attire, but they are encouraged to wear clothing with the SkillsUSA logo — for example, an embroidered polo shirt with khaki slacks. At all times, whether traveling or during the conference, registrants’ overall appearance should be clean and neat. Their attire should be appropriate for the occasion. Contestants must follow the clothing requirements in the official technical standards for their contests. Please refer to the Participant Dress Code for complete details.
All students must be paid members of SkillsUSA Michigan by January 15 in order to participate at the National Conference.
Code of Conduct Form
Please make sure that all persons attending the conference are familiar with the Participant Code of Conduct form. The Code of Conduct form is for the protection of you, your students, your school, and SkillsUSA Michigan. A copy of this form needs to be in all participants’ name tags. This will allow for easy access to medical information in case of an emergency.