SkillsUSA Minnesota State Conference Information
The 46th Annual Minnesota SkillsUSA Championships Conference will be held on Friday, April 5th, Saturday, April 6th and Sunday, April 7th, 2013. 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.
Updated for 2013!
There are some new format changes for this year’s conference packet. Registration needs to be submitted by using the newly redesigned state conference Excel Spreadsheet. Simply fill it out and send it electronically to the state SkillsUSA office. 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 (87) 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 are located on the website at: http://www.mnskillsusa.org/ 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 8th
ITEM 1 - CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE
ITEM 2 - RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR COMPETITIVE EVENTS
STUDENTS must be PRESENT at the AWARDS CEREMONY or FORFEIT ANY MEDALLION, and the right to ATTEND the NATIONAL COMPETITION.
ITEM 3 - REGISTRATION COST FOR CONFERENCE
Please Mail Conference Registration Form to:
ITEM 4 - HOTEL RESERVATIONS
Hotel Rates PER ROOM, PER NIGHT for 2013 Conference
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 a pull out sofa.)
1. The hotel must receive room reservations by March 5, 2013. Following that date, the hotel will only accept reservations on a first come, first serve basis as long as rooms are available.
DEADLINE: March 5, 2013
ITEM 5 - REGISTRATION, PERSONAL and LIABILITY RELEASE FORMS & CODE OF CONDUCT
2013 MSC-NLSC Form 1 To insure that the major objectives of our Skill Conference are met, all participants, including advisors, will be required to adhere to a Code of Conduct and ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST SIGN THE Registration, Personal and Liability Release Form (MSC/NLSC Form 1) of the Minnesota Association of SkillsUSA. Medical and Insurance Information is requested in case of an emergency on this form. Photocopy the form (both sides) and get appropriate signatures and information from each person attending the conference. Please mail or fax them in with your registration materials or bring them to the registration table at the conference. These forms must be in turned in before you can receive your registration materials.
ITEM 6 - 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 8, 2013.
ITEM 7 - HOTEL POOL
ITEM 8 - CONFERENCE OBSERVERS
ITEM 9 - CONFERENCE GUESTS PASSES FOR SUNDAY BREAKFAST BUFFET
Advisors or students who wish to have a guest attend the Awards Breakfast must register those guests by March 1, 2013. For $35.00, paid in advance, a guest will receive a name badge that will allow them entrance to the Sunday morning breakfast buffet and awards ceremony. Use the Guest Registration form located on the website for advanced registration. Limited Breakfast Guest passes will be available at the conference for $35.00 through the alumni committee. No guest passes will be sold at conference headquarters.
ITEM 10 - AWARDS FOR COMPETITIVE EVENTS
First (gold), second (silver), and third (bronze) place medallion will be awarded for each competitive event. It is mandatory that all competitors attend the awards ceremony. Students not present will forfeit any award, medallion, and the right to compete at the national level. If a student has a legitimate excuse for not attending the ceremony, the Executive Director must be notified in advance, in writing and an alternate student selected to receive any awards that might be earned. Please provide the Executive Director with the name of the alternate.
ADVISORS: Please remember that Students and Advisors should all dress in Official Dress or Professional Business attire for the Awards Ceremony! NO JEANS, T-Shirts or TENNIS SHOES are allowed! Let's show our Business/Industry Partners, School Administrators, Family and Friends the First Class Organization that we are. We are "Champions at Work"!
ITEM 11 - CONTEST REGISTRATION
Contest Registration needs to be submitted by using the newly redesigned state conference Excel Spreadsheet. Simply fill it out and send it electronically to the state SkillsUSA office. 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 (87) 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. Due to limited equipment and space at a host school, contests will have a maximum number of contestants a school can register. Please provide a local competition for your students, judged by industry; to determine which students will best represent your local chapter in each area.
ITEM 12 - THEME FOR THE 2013 CONTESTS
The SkillsUSA competition theme for the 2012-2013 school year is SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, "Prepared with the Skills America Needs".
The topic to be addressed by contestants in the Chapter Display, Prepared Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board contests is how our theme, SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, "Prepared with the SKILLS America needs" relates to our national program of work in the area of Professional Development.
Within this topic, contestants might illustrate or discuss any of the following:
ITEM 13 - Post Secondary OPTION STUDENTS
HIGH SCHOOL students registered in post secondary programs as “Option Students” are considered HIGH SCHOOL students. They should be signed up as HIGH SCHOOL members with National SkillsUSA and a note made on your registration form specifying them as HIGH SCHOOL students so that they compete on the HIGH SCHOOL level.
ITEM 14 - SPECIFIC CONTEST INFORMATION & UPDATES - "FRIDAY FLASH"
The Minnesota SkillsUSA "CONTEST UPDATES" will be posted ONLY on the WEBISTE this year! LOOK EACH FRIDAY for the "FRIDAY FLASH". PLEASE USE THE LATEST VERSION OF THE TECHNICAL STANDARDS - "2013-2014".
E-mails will be sent to the Advisors alerting them of "NEW" Contest UPDATES. We will also be using the Social Networking Sites of FACEBOOK and TWITTER to reach out to students and advisors. Please start looking for UPDATES on Friday, January 18th - If no additional information is received on a contest, the rules and regulations covering our contests will be based on those found in the SkillsUSA Championships, Technical Standards, except for clothing. State regulation regarding clothing is appropriate and safe dress for the competition you are participating in.
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ITEM 15 - JOB SKILL DEMONSTRATION CONTEST "A" and "OPEN"
If there is a National Skill Contest in the area of the job skill, the student should enter as Job Skill Demo "A". FOR CLARIFICATION PURPOSES, ALL CURRENT NATIONAL CONTESTS ARE LISTED UNDER "ELIGILIBILITY".
If there is NO National Skill contest in the area of demonstration the student should enter the Job Skill Demo "OPEN" Contest. Student demonstrations should be based on an entry-level skill in the skill area in which they are currently training.
ITEM 16 – NOMINATION FOR ADVISOR OF THE YEAR
Please consider nominating advisors that you know are doing a good job with their local chapters. Deadline for Advisor of the Year applications is MARCH 1st, 2013. The application form is available on the website under the Student and Advisor Tabs under forms. Please see that your student members receive this information.
ITEM 17 - JOB INTERVIEW CONTEST
All registered students may compete in the SkillsUSA Job Interview contest.
Please remind your students that the sole purpose of their education is to obtain a good job. Therefore, this contest - which IS a National Contest - is an excellent way to practice interview skills and get their résumé critiqued by others. The judges of this contest are interested in seeing more college students enter this contest. Specific Contest Information will be available in February. There will be separate information for the High School and College Competitors.
The following rules apply to the competition:
ITEM 18 - WINNERS GOING ON TO NATIONAL COMPETITION
There is a National SkillsUSA policy that students may enter ONLY ONE CONTEST at the National Conference. Please make your students aware that although they may enter more than one state contest, if they should happen to win first place in more than one contest, they will have to choose which one they will compete in at the National level. This does include team contests!
ITEM 19 - ALUMNI AUCTION
The SkillsUSA Minnesota Alumni committee is again asking for donations to help with the Alumni Auction. The Alumni appreciate your donations and attendance at the auction. This auction is the major fundraiser for this group. Alumni are vital to the operation of the organization and its conferences. Their funds allow them to attend our conferences and help us out. Become a member and/or support their fund raising efforts. THANKS!
ITEM 20 - CONTEST PRIZE DONATIONS
Many of you already work at obtaining prizes for our contests from your advisory committee members, suppliers and other industry partners of your programs. If you don’t, we invite you to assist in doing this. Prizes should be clearly marked as to whom they are from (name & address of donating company) and whom they should be awarded to (contest area, 1st, 2nd or 3rd place, HIGH SCHOOL or COLLEGE winners) and brought to conference headquarters on Friday, April 5, 2013. Thanks for your help. If everyone does their part, our contests can all have prizes! Look for the Prize Donation Form on Website!
ITEM 21 - RESUMES WILL BE REQUIRED for ALL student competitors at the 2013 STATE SKILLS CONFERENCE
PLEASE - make sure this is a positive experience for all concerned.
DO NOT register students for contests they are not adequately trained for.
Safety is a major consideration, as well as the overall impression of our industry judges.
Minnesota is offering (87) Events at our 2013 Skill Conference with the maximum number of contestants per
school indicated. If there is not a minimum number of contestants and schools reached by the deadline,
a contest may be dropped.
To help the state SkillsUSA office with accuracy there will be no additions after March 8th
CONTEST REGISTRATION CODES
Please download contest registration codes here.