SkillsUSA National Conference Information


Updated for 2015!

Thank you to all who assisted in making our 2015 SkillsUSA Minnesota Championship Conference a great success.  Congratulations to all participants, especially our medallion winners who will move on to represent Minnesota at the SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, June 22-26, 2015    (Monday- Friday)  

Here's what we need for EVERY PERSON ATTENDING.  Whether your a contestant, voting delegate, observer, advisor, state officer, spouse, whoever; THIS DOES INCLUDE ADVISORS!!      

If your State Winners and yourself are attending NLSC, please meet with your students winners soon to have them complete the following:  Paperwork is DUE in 2 weeks!


$185.00 PER PERSON ATTENDING - Make check to SkillsUSA Minnesota.

Duplicate and complete forms NLSC-MN for everyone attending from your school. (This form is the ONLY form required this year, since all State Conference Registration was handled on line this year, I will be moving that document over to the National Conference Registration site for the State office use.)  DUE by Friday, April 24th – in the State SkillsUSA Office to process)

Make a copy for your school records before you send it in.

Persons attending but not paying registration (i.e.. spouses, observers) will not receive trading pins, State T- shirt, etc. but are invited to join us for the orientation meeting, and Friday night rally.


Please send in the NLSC-MN paperwork form to the State SkillsUSA Office by email or fax!

The State Office must receive your Payment in Full for the
NLSC Conference Registration and Hotel - Prior to June 1st, 2015

NLSC-MN Conference Registration Form (NLSC –MN form)

PRINT A COPY for each person attending.  (Attached for you)

IF YOU CANNOT GET THIS FORM TYPED, PLEASE, make a copy of the form, fill out the copy, have the attendee sign the original and send both pieces back to be completed!!  
PLEASE PRINT in black ink.  Make sure all forms are legible.
Remind students that they should use a permanent address where they may be reached for the next three months for this form.

ALL persons attending, including Advisors must complete this Conference Registration & Hotel Form.  

Please include Date of Birth on this document, and Personal Cell Phone for each person attending.   
If there is NO Birth Date included on this document, it will not be processed. This includes everyone!

SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards & Clothing Requirements

  • Review the Skills USA Technical Standards carefully to make sure your contestant knows what's what and has the necessary equipment & supplies for successful competition. "NEW" 2015-2016 Technical Standards.
  • Order appropriate clothing from NOW!
  • See Clothing Requirements for each contest in the 2015-2016 Technical Standards.


Physically Handicapped NLSC Contestants

If you have registered a contestant who is physically handicapped and will require the assistance of another person at the competition (i.e.. dyslexic requiring a reader, deaf requiring a signer) a special form needs to be completed.  Please contact me ASAP to assure proper paper work is completed.

State Trading Pins

Each registered person will receive (1) SkillsUSA Minnesota Blinkie pin to trade, and four larger special NLSC pins.
Limited number of additional NLSC pins will be available at 2/$3

Registering High School State Officers for the conference

Please register your state officer like any other registrant
All forms must be filled out for these students
State Officers will be registered as voting delegates or alternate delegates unless they are competing in a contest.
Expenses (conference registration, transportation & hotel) are NOT COVERED.
State Officers will room with another student from your own school district.

Registering College / Post Secondary State Officers for the conference

Please register your state officer like any other registrant.
All forms must be filled out for these students.
State Officers will be registered as voting delegates or alternate delegates unless they are competing in a contest.
All expenses (registration, hotel & state transportation) based on double occupancy are covered.  Officers will be on their own for meals. State Officers will room with another student from your own school district.
All forms must be filled out for these students

State Transportation

The SkillsUSA State Office will be chartering (2) coach buses from GRAYLINE TOURS / Schmitty & Sons Transportation in Lakeville, MN.
State transportation will plan to leave Minnesota very early on Monday morning and with arrival in Louisville, KY late Monday afternoon.  Registered guests riding the state transportation will be leaving very early on Saturday morning and arriving in Minnesota late on Saturday evening.  Depending on attendee location, we may schedule several pick-ups across the state.  Routes will not be determined till the end of May.
A limited number of seats will be available on a first come first serve basis.   (Students & Advisors will be given top priority)  Register early to reserve your space.
Cost will be $200 per person- round trip Transportation for ALL contestants, delegates, & advisors.

Alternate options for traveling to Louisville, KY

Each attending school in Minnesota not interested in the State Charter Bus Transportation service, may choose an alternate option on how they plan to arrive in Louisville, KY.   Whether you plan on driving independently or you plan to Fly into Louisville, KY.   This option is available and it is strictly on your own and the state association will not be responsible for making any flight reservations and or car/van rentals.  
Below are companies that service Louisville, KY

Louisville International Airport

  • Airtran
  • American Airlines
  • Delta
  • Southwest
  • United Airlines
  • US Airways

Clark County
Area Hospitals: Southern Indiana

Rental Car Companies

  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Dollar
  • Enterprise
  • Hertz
  • National
  • Payless
  • Thrifty

Check out the Louisville Events and Kentucky Tourism Information Website

Hotel Reservations

All persons within the State Delegation Hotel MUST complete the form NLSC-MN and are required to stay in the State Delegation Hotel or you will not be able to compete at the National Conference.

Date of arrival- Monday, June 22  - Friday, June 26th  - Rooms are paid through Friday since State Delegation Buses will not depart till Saturday morning June 27th, 2015.  

Hotel:    Clarion Hotel Conference Center Louisville North    (Clarion Lake View)

505 Marriott Dr.,
Clarksville, IN, 47129        (Indiana)
Phone: (812) 283-4411
Fax: (812) 283-1619

Our Hotel is located in Clark County
Closet Area Hospital: Southern Indiana
100% Smoke Free

Clarion Hotel Conference Center Louisville North

Clarion Hotel® Conference Center Louisville North in Clarksville, Indiana, you can feel at home in relaxing rooms with a variety of amenities near the Louisville Zoo.

Our conference center hotel in Clarksville is right along the Ohio River, giving you easy access to downtown’s vibrant scene and a variety of popular attractions, including:

  • KFC Yum! Center
  • Kentucky International Convention Center
  • Louisville Waterfront Park
  • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
  • Churchill Downs

Clarksville hotels also provide easy access to a host of waterfront restaurants and Fourth Street Live! as well as plenty of shopping at stores like Bass Pro Shops and the Green Tree Mall.

At this smoke-free hotel, you can enjoy such amenities as:

  • Free WiFi
  • Free airport transportation
  • Fitness center
  • Indoor heated pool
  • Free parking

Clarion Hotel has been totally renovated with an indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpool, sauna, and fitness center, miniature golf/tennis courts.  FREE Parking. Please try to place 1-3 students per room – as our Block of rooms this year are limited.

Clarion Hotel Conference Center Louisville North


(Includes Southern Indiana/Clark Co – 11% Tax and also Breakfast Buffet Ticket for Wednesday & Thursday morning)

Single:    $149.85/night,    $749.25 / five nights
Double:    $149.85/night,    $749.25 / five nights    ($374.63/ person)
Triple:    $149.85/night,    $749.25 / five nights    ($249.84/ person)
Quad:    $149.85/night,    $749.25 / five nights    ($187.31/ person)

Please make check payable to SkillsUSA Minnesota for Conference Registration Fee and Hotel Costs.

DO NOT- send payment to the hotel!


Louisville Zoo Tickets- Wednesday Night Option

SkillsUSA will be able to offer another entertainment option for Wednesday night at the Louisville Zoo.  Cost per ticket is $5. The ticket will cover zoo admission and transportation. These pre-purchased, pre-counted tickets will also be distributed through the conference registration appointment.

Please Designate the Number of Tickets you would like to purchase on the NLSC-MN Registration form.

Shuttle service from the state hotel to the zoo on Wednesday evening will be available.

Awards Ceremony Passes

For those people not paying the registration fee but who wish to attend the Awards Ceremony, tickets will be on sale for a cost of $10.00 each at the North Wing Lobby.    Passes will also be sold at the door to the Awards Ceremony.

Opening Ceremony – Tickets are not sold for the Opening Ceremony. All attendees must have a conference name badge to be admitted.

Parking Passes – Parking passes can be purchased at entrance.

  • Tickets will also be available for sale at the door the night of the Awards Ceremony.

The State SkillsUSA Office- will NOT handle any Pre- Orders Sales for Awards Ceremony Passes this year.

New Community Service Projects during NLSC

Anyone who is interested students or advisors in attending and helping out at the Community Service Day on Friday, June 26th, 2015 at the national conference.  You must have qualified for NLSC to participate in this activity. INDICATE on the NLSC-MN Registration Form if you would like to participate in this activity- and what project.  DUE by April 24th
(First come first serve basis)  Each state is given a limited allotment of space.

SkillsUSA is excited to once again join in partnership with GOJO Industries for this year’s community service project during this year’s National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville. SkillsUSA students will have an opportunity to apply their skills in providing much needed services to the greater Louisville community. The community service day will begin with a "send-off" event at 7:30 a.m. in South Wing C Lobby of the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville on Friday, June 26.

Please indicate which Service Project you wish to signup for on your NLSC-MN Form.

This year, volunteers will have several options to lend their talents:

#1.    Brightside
The volunteers will assist in planting trees and shrubs to help make Louisville a sustainable city. Brightside works to unite people in clean and green activities to beautify the city and foster community pride.

#2.    Habitat for Humanity — Metro Louisville
The volunteers will assist at construction sites or at the construction center.

#3.    Metro Parks
The volunteers will participate in the beautification of the Louisville Metro Parks by applying mulch, removing weeds and possibly painting and cleaning at community centers.

#4.    Olmsted Conservancy
The volunteers will remove invasive plants in the woodlands and apply mulch around trees and weeding in landscaped areas.

#5.    Waterstep
The volunteers will help clean out the storage space and help with sorting donations. Waterstep is a nonprofit organization that provides safe water to communities in developing countries.

#6.    Youth Build
The volunteers will participate in street cleanup and landscaping on the Youth Build Campus wiffle ball field, rain garden, vegetable garden and outdoor learning classroom. Courtesy Corps Application

Please do not register your students for the Community Service Project if their contests are listed below.  Competitors are REQUIRED to attend Debriefing/meetings on Friday, June 26th.

  • 3-D Visualization and Animation
  • Advertising Design
  • Architectural Drafting
  • Audio/Radio Production
  • Automated Manufacturing Technology
  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Broadcast News Production
  • Computer Maintenance Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Diesel Equipment Technology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electrical Construction Wiring
  • Graphic Communications
  • Industrial Motor Control
  • Mechatronics
  • Motorcycle Service Technology
  • Photography
  • Plumbing
  • Power Equipment Technology
  • Robotics and Automation Technology
  • TeamWorks
  • Technical Drafting
  • Television (Video) Production
  • Welding


Frequently Asked Questions

The following are frequently asked questions about the National Leadership and Skills Conference.

The conference name badge is your entry to all functions and must be worn at all times. If a badge is lost, please report to room our headquarters in KEC for a replacement.

Your state association director will be given all state registration information and material. Conference participants need to obtain this material (items such as your name badge, program and conference information) from the state association director at the designated state meeting time.

Opening Ceremony

  • Tuesday, June 23 at 7 p.m.
  • There are no tickets for the Opening Ceremonies on Tuesday – you must be a registered participant.

The entire opening ceremony will be broadcast live via Internet. Details are available here.


The contest floor will be open to the public beginning on Tuesday June 23rd from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. During this time, there will be orientations going on and a few preliminary contest events.

Wednesday June 24th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Limited competition will begin.

Thursday June 25th all competitions begin at 8 a.m. They will close promptly at 5 p.m.

See official program for exact times and details

Admission is free and open to the public at the times listed above. No access will be allowed to anyone other than credentialed personnel prior to the start times listed.


SkillsUSA Night

  • It takes place Thursday, June 25 at Kentucky Kingdom, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Tickets cost for non-registered attendees: $20
  • Kentucky Kingdom’s website
  • Watch a short video about Kentucky Kingdom attractions:


Awards Ceremony

  • Friday, June 26 at 6 p.m.
  • Tickets cost $10. There is no charge for children age 10 and under.
  • To purchase tickets go to Room E1 East Wing.  Times will be posted outside the door.
  • You can also purchase tickets at the door.
  • The entire awards ceremony will be broadcast live via Internet. Details are available here.



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