SkillsUSA Minnesota State Leadership and Skills Conference
SkillsUSA-MN annual State Leadership and Skills Conference will be held April 12-13 at Saint Paul College, and other Twin Cities Metro host sites. Manufacturing contests (i.e. Carpentry, CNC, Mechatronics, etc.) are tentatively scheduled for April 4 - 5, 2024, at Alexandria Technical & Community College. Further contest hosting information will be provided in the SLSC 2024 Contest Grid (available February 2024).
Updated 2024 documents arriving January 2024
SkillsUSA Minnesota State Championships
The SkillsUSA Minnesota State Championships takes place in April every year and brings together nearly a thousand outstanding career and technical education students who compete hands-on in 80+ different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry. Leadership contestants will demonstrate skills including extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.
The SkillsUSA Minnesota state competition recognizes career and technical education students who excel in their occupational areas, and spotlights leadership development activities that are such an integral part of the SkillsUSA program.
The philosophy of the competition is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance, and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs. Contests directly follow technical standards established by industry each year.
Besides showcasing students’ skills, the SkillsUSA Minnesota State Championships, by the very nature of competition, urges students to take pride in their work. It also provides prospective employers with an opportunity to see dedicated, motivated potential employees at work.
Or are you interested in donating NLSC travel scholarships, contest materials, or prizes? Fill out our SLSC 2024 Prize Donation Form.
The 2023 State Championships was a showcase of career and technical education (CTE) students in our state where 268 outstanding students competed in 53 different trade, technical and leadership events, held in cities and schools across Minnesota from March 24th - April 1st. Even with Mother Nature throwing us a curveball with an impromptu snow storm, all contestants and contest sites went above and beyond to make the experience memorable! A huge thank you to all of the students, advisors, host sites, volunteers, and industry partners for making the conference successful!
During the state SkillsUSA competition, the CTE students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as collision repair, HVAC, cosmetology, cyber security, welding, diesel equipment, robotics: urban search & rescue, motorcycle service, culinary arts, and many more! All contests are developed, facilitated and judged by SkillsUSA with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, testing competencies set by industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included extemporaneous speaking, prepared speech, job interviewing, and community service. Top performers from both High School and Post-Secondary received gold, silver, and bronze medallions, along with many winners also receiving prizes such as tools, trade equipment, and scholarships to further their careers and education.
SLSC results are now available. Detailed scorecards are still being uploaded, and will be posted as they become available.