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Happy 2016! I hope your holiday break was an enjoyable with family and friends and the month of January is going smoothly. As the New Year gets into full swing, I wanted to write and say how much I appreciate all you do for your students in SkillsUSA and provide you with a few pieces of information that I hope will be helpful to you as you help prepare your students for The 49th Annual Minnesota SkillsUSA Championships Conference will be held on Friday, April 1st, Saturday, April 2nd and Sunday, April 3rd, 2016. The conference will be housed at the DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington Mpls. South, 7800 Normandale Boulevard, Bloomington, MN 55435, and (952) 835-7800. Skill Contests will be held across the metro area. Buses will be available to transport students to and from most events.

There are some new format changes for this year’s conference packet. Please remember to submit your SkillsUSA Membership onto the National Website first. This is also the same website where you will complete the Online Registration Process and sign up to attend and compete at the State Championships.

  • ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE REGISTER MEMBERS BEFORE YOU WILL BE ALLOWED TO REGISTER THEM FOR CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION.
  • Registration will be on-line at www.skillsusa-register.org/Login.aspx
  • Please look for the “NEW” document and follow the instructions carefully. You will also notice that there is a “NEW” Contest Grid Chart for all (90) contests. The Grid Chart provides you with an overview of the number of contestants/contest, whether it is a team or individual contest, contest codes, notebook requirements, etc.
  • All forms will be located on the website at: http://www.mnskillsusa.org/ after January 25th, 2016. I hope that you find the improvements easy to use and navigate.

To help the state SkillsUSA office with accuracy there will be NO additions after March 4th
There will be NO On-Site substitutions this year at all contests. No exceptions!

ITEM 1  -  CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE

* Each student who attends the conference should participate in at least one competitive event and must attend all scheduled conference activities.
* ONE ADVISOR MUST ACCOMPANY EVERY 10 STUDENTS ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE. Chapter advisors should assume the responsibility of seeing that students report to the competitive events they have registered for and that rules of conduct are maintained. Students may not stay at the hotel without an accompanying advisor.

 

ITEM 2   -  RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR COMPETITIVE EVENTS

* All participants must be paid active members of State and National SkillsUSA as of February 5th, 2016.
* Students must compete in the contest area that aligns with their occupational objective for the current school
year.

  • Participants may enter (1) skill contest and up to (3) general contests as long as they can work it into their schedule. This is excluding Mechanics Dexterity, Job Interview and all team events. Please remind students that they are eligible for only one national contest regardless of how many contests they win at the state level.
  • IF A STUDENT WISHES TO COMPETE IN MORE THAN (1) SKILLED CONTEST AREA - ADVISOR MUST RECEIVE APPROVAL FROM THE STATE DIRECTOR BEFORE SIGNING-UP!

STUDENTS must be PRESENT at the AWARDS CEREMONY or FORFEIT ANY MEDALLION, and the right to ATTEND the NATIONAL SkillsUSA COMPETITION.

ITEM 3 - “NEW” - CONFERENCE REGISTRATION PROCESS & PAYMENTS

* All Registrations will be completed on the National Website: www.SkillsUSA.org

Online Registration Process

  • ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE REGISTER MEMBERS BEFORE YOU WILL BE ALLOWED TO REGISTER THEM FOR CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION.
  • Registration will be on-line at www.skillsusa-register.org/Login.aspx
  • This is also the site you submit membership, please do not confuse membership with conference registration.
  • Type in Email Address and Password (if you forgot your password Click on Email My Password, it is instantly emailed to you)
  • Click on blue tab “Conference” and select “My Registrations”
  • Go to filter events and highlight “Minnesota State SkillsUSA Conference”
  • Click on “New Registrant” or if students have competed before click on “Lookup Previous Registrations”
  • Remember to TYPE the Students First Name and Last Name in Upper and Lower Case Letters!
  • Follow the prompts. If you still have questions review the video:
    - Need Help? Click here for online training about Conference Registration! or
    - http://www.skillsusaregister.org/Training/ConferenceRegistrationProcess/ConferenceRegistrationProcess.html

Please click the Submit Registration button. This will generate an INVOICE for you to submit for Payment to give to your business department and REMEMDER don’t forget to REGISTER yourself as an ADVISOR.
If a person(s) is not on the summaries, they will not have a nametag and/or competition number when they arrive. (Located under the blue Conference Tab)
Please register each student & advisor attending the conference by using the registration form that is located on the website www.skillsusa-register.org/Login.aspx.

REGISTRATION FEES
* State Conference Registration will Open for “EARLY BIRD PRICING”: January 25th - Feb. 22nd, 2016

  • EARLY BIRD Registration fees are $100.00 per person. Registration fees include registration materials, supplies, awards, bus service, evening entertainment, Awards Breakfast, etc.
  • LATE Registration Fees will be $125.00 per person for registration beginning on February 23rd, 2016.

All State Conference Membership & Registration will OFFICIALLY CLOSE on Feb. 27th, 2016 (late fees apply per person)

  • • Make checks payable to SkillsUSA Minnesota. Chapter advisors are responsible for picking up their chapter registration materials at the registration table at the DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington Mpls. South on Friday, April 1st, 2016.

Please send payment for conference registration to:

Jennifer Polz, Executive Director, SkillsUSA Minnesota
P.O. Box 29286
Minneapolis, MN 55429

ITEM 4  -  REFUNDS

Refunds will be extended only in the event of extenuating circumstances. Contact the Executive Director in advance of the conference if you are in doubt. No Refunds after: March 11th, 2016.

ITEM 5  -  HOTEL RESERVATIONS

Double Tree By Hilton LogoPlease send your completed reservation form directly to the Double Tree by Hilton Bloomington Mpls. South
Reservations Department at the following E-mail address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
In the subject line of your e-mail please list it as SkillsUSA-“your school name”

DEADLINE: February 28th, 2016

Hotel Rates: PER ROOM, PER NIGHT for 2016 Conference

Occupancy Single Double Triple Quad
Rate $134.00 $134.00 $148.00 $159.00
Including Tax $153.13 $153.13 $169.13 $181.70

GUIDELINES

  • The Hotel Reservation Form is in a Word Format. To ensure a smooth reservation process they ask that all conference attendees use this form. Please send this directly to the Reservations Department at the E-mail address noted above
  • PLEASE TYPE INTO THE FORM. DO NOT HAND WRITE INFORMATION.
  • The Hotel will NOT guarantee room types. If you request a double due to three or four people in a room you may get a king with a roll away or pull out sofa.
  • Once your rooms have been assigned they cannot be changed. Therefore it is the responsibility of the advisor to group names of students wishing to room together correctly on the reservations form.
  • If it is necessary to cancel a reservation it must be done prior to arriving at the hotel.
  • Upon check in please note only advisors can pickup room keys.
  • DO NOT SEND STUDENTS TO THE FRONT DESK TO GET KEYS!

Payment Policy

The Double Tree by Hilton Bloomington Mpls South has a credit card policy in place to help protect your privacy and personal information. Please be advised that they will not extend credit for hotel services on the strength of a Purchase Order only.

  • Please use the Provided CREDIT CARD AUTHORIZATION FORM – located on the forms page. This document will be faxed to a Secured Fax Number in the accounting department at the hotel.
  • You may also mail in a check or present one at check in but the reservations must be secured with a credit card.
  • The card will not be charged if another form of payment is presented by the time of check in.
  • MAILED or E-MAILED credit card forms will NOT BE accepted and will be discarded upon receipt without notification.
  • Your form of payment must be indicated on the reservation form in advance so the reservations team can coordinate correctly with the accounting department.
  • IF YOUR PAYMENT WILL BE SENT WITH SOMEONE’S NAME OTHER THAN THE ADVISOR LISTED ON THE RESERVATION FORM PLEASE INDICATE THIS ON THE PAYMENT FORM.

Please contact the State SkillsUSA Office if you have questions or are having problems. Thank You!



 

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