SkillsUSA Minnesota State Leadership and Skills Conference
“SkillsUSA-MN annual State Leadership and Skills Conference will be held March 30 - April 2, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, and other Twin Cities Metro host sites. Manufacturing contests (i.e. Carpentry, CNC, Mechatronics, etc.) are scheduled for March 23 - 24, 2023, at Alexandria Technical & Community College (see SLSC 2023 Contest Grid for details).
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.
Interested in sponsoring any part of the State Leadership and Skills Conference? Check out our Partners page for more information. “Or are you interested in donating prizes? Fill out our SLSC 2023 Prize Donation Form”.
The 2022 State Championships was a showcase of career and technical education (CTE) students in our state where 286 outstanding students competed in 52 different trade, technical and leadership events, held in cities and schools across Minnesota from April 1st-9th. We were happy to return to a live event, and thank all of the students, advisors, host sites, volunteers, and industry partners for making the conference a success!
During the state SkillsUSA competition, the CTE students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as collision repair, heating and cooling, cosmetology, computer-aided drafting, welding, computer programming and culinary arts. 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 and community service. Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and scholarships to further their careers and education. The annual championships event is for middle school, high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA.
Results for skill contests with submitted scorecards are now available, as well as a list of all medalist winners. Please note that not all skill contests had a scorecard submitted by the judges.