SkillsUSA National Conference Information


Updated for 2017!

It is because of dedicated advisors like you that your student excelled and now has the opportunity to represent your school and the State of Minnesota at the National Leadership and Skills Championships. This is an incredible honor and opportunity for your student and one that the SkillsUSA Minnesota Board of Directors hopes your student will take full advantage of.

If your student has earned a gold medal, we await your confirmation that your student will attend the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Championships in Louisville in late June. If their medal was a silver or bronze, be prepared. It has been our experience over the past years that the gold medalist has been unable to attend Nationals for a host of legitimate reasons. In this event, we will ask the silver or bronze medalist to represent the State of Minnesota. Stay in touch with the State Director and watch your email to determine the status of those who finished ahead of your student in their competition. Even if your student does not have the opportunity to represent the State of Minnesota at Nationals, you and your students can still attend the National Championships as observers.

Thank you to all who assisted in making our 2017 SkillsUSA 50th Annual 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 19-23, 2017 (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- National Leadership and Skills Conference, please meet with your students winners soon to have them complete the following: Paperwork is DUE on Wednesday, April 26th.

REGISTRATION: Registration for the SkillsUSA Minnesota Delegation to the 2017 National Leadership and Skills Championships will be handled through the office of the State Director. Advisors are responsible to ensure that all registration materials and appropriate fees are due no later than April 26, 2017. Send registration materials to the State Director electronically at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it All registrants for the National Championships must be dues paying members of the SkillsUSA organization. The registration fee for the 2017 conference is $200.00; please make checks payable to SkillsUSA Minnesota. Any registrations after the April 26th deadline will cost $225.00. The registration fee entitles you to all SkillsUSA functions while in Louisville including Opening & Closing Ceremonies, the actual SkillsUSA competitions, planned entertainment, Skills University, and transportation. This also includes state awards celebration event after Awards Ceremony.


$200.00 PER PERSON ATTENDING - Make check to SkillsUSA Minnesota.

Duplicate and complete form NLSC-MN for everyone attending from your school. All participants (contestants, alternates, delegates, advisors, guests, etc.) must also register to be part of the SkillsUSA Minnesota delegation. All Minnesota registrations and hotel arrangements must be made on the registration form

(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 Wednesday, April 26th – 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 schools payment in Full for the
NLSC Conference Registration Prior to June 1st, 2017

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, Advisors, contestants, observers!

Hotel Reservations

The hotel arrangements are first-come/first-serve. All SkillsUSA Minnesota paid participants MUST stay in the hotel SkillsUSA assigns to Minnesota, no exceptions. This is mandated by the SkillsUSA National Office.

All Minnesota registrations and hotel arrangements must be made on the registration form by April 26, 2017. Note: All efforts will be made to accommodate your requested room type but this might be changed based on our room block. 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.

Minnesota Hotel
SkillsUSA Minnesota has been assigned to the Best Western Hotel- New Albany, Indiana for the 2017 National Conference. All SkillsUSA Minnesota paid participants MUST stay in this hotel, no exceptions. Do not make reservations on your own, as all rooms are reserved through the SkillsUSA State Director.

Best Western Plus- New Albany, Indiana
411 W. Spring Street
New Albany, Indiana 47150

Parents and Family Members
Parents and family members are welcome to stay in the Minnesota hotel, but they are then considered part of the Minnesota delegation so they must also register for the conference and pay the state registration fee of $50. They will need to be included on the same form as the school and adhere to the same deadlines. This is only the state fee, and does not allow them to attend any of the National Conference events. If they wish to attend National Conference events, then the fee would be $200, and would be registered as Observer.

All persons (contestants, advisors, state officers and etc.) 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 19th - Friday, June 23rd - Rooms are paid through Friday.

Best Western Plus – New Albany, Indiana


  • Single: $122.10/night, $610.50 / five nights
  • Double: $122.10/night, $610.50 / five nights ($305.25/ person)
  • Triple: $122.10/night, $610.50 / five nights ($203.50/ person)
  • Quad: $122.10/night, $610.50 / five nights ($152.63/ person)

* Rate Includes 11% Tax

Make check payable to BEST WESTERN PLUS for Hotel Expenses.

**NOTE: This year each school will be responsible to pay their OWN HOTEL BILL.
The hotel will accept Credit card, School check in Hand upon arrival.
Please NOTE that all charges must be paid in full.

Director of Sales: Theresa Dunn: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Send payment to the hotel!

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” 2017-2018 Technical Standards.
  • Order appropriate clothing from NOW!
  • See Clothing Requirements for each contest in the 2017-2018 Technical Standards.


  • Busing: The SkillsUSA State Office will be chartering coach buses. State transportation will plan to leave Minnesota very early on Monday morning and with arrival in Louisville, KY early Monday evening. 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 $210 per person- round trip Transportation for ALL contestants, delegates, & advisors.
  • PLEASE NOTE: when Checking the (?) Box to ride the State Transportation, this denotes that your high school /college
    and it’s student or advisor are planning to RIDE the state provided charter transportation. And a cost of $200 will be
    assessed to this school. If the student or advisor drops out after to May 15th, the school will be responsible for this
    FEE whether or not the advisor or student rides the Bus or not.
    Tentative Bus Pick-Ups:
    North/South: Alexandria, Shakopee, Mankato
    Metro: Brooklyn Park, Saint Paul College, Apple Valley

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 Gold 50th 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. State Officers must have their school Advisor along.
  • 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. State Officers must have their school Advisor along.
  • 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 if State Officer has Meet Requirements- check with State Director. Officers will be on their own for meals. State Officers will room with another student from your own school/college. (College Advisor will chaperone state officers for the week)
  • All forms must be filled out for these students

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

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 the South Wing Lobby Glass Booth.

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 for Awards Ceremony Passes this year.


  • Anyone who is interested students or advisors in attending and helping out at the Community Service
    Day on Friday, June 23rd, 2017 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. DUE by April 26th
    (First come first serve basis) Each state is given a limited allotment of space.

(*Tentative listing) - 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 23rd.

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
Motorcycle Service Technology
Power Equipment Technology
Robotics and Automation Technology
Technical Drafting
Television (Video) Production

Louisville Bats Baseball Game at NLSC - SkillsUSA Night – Get your Tickets!

• It takes place Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Louisville Bats Baseball Stadium
• Tickets cost for non-registered attendees: $10
• Tickets are available for a night at the stadium dedicated to SkillsUSA for $10. For the cost of the ticket, each
SkillsUSA Attendee will receive a Bats Baseball hat and a $5 pre-loaded on the admission ticket. This $5 is good
at the concession stands and gift shops.
• Tickets can only be accepted by the State Director and are due by April 26th.

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 20 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.


  • The contest floor will be open to the public beginning on Tuesday June 20 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • During this time, there will be orientations going on and a few preliminary contest events.
  • Wednesday June 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Limited competition will begin.
  • Thursday June 22 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.

Awards Ceremony

• Friday, June 23 at 5 p.m.
• Tickets cost $10. There is no charge for children age 10 and under.
• To purchase tickets go to North Wing Lobby. 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.

State Orientation Meeting

All participants must attend the State Orientation Meeting on Monday night, June 19, 2017 at 8:00 pm.
If you are making your own travel arrangements, you must arrive in Louisville in time to attend the
State Orientation Meeting. The State Orientation Meeting is very important because:

  • All participants receive their National Conference registration items, including trading pins,
    conference program, name tags, etc. and last minute changes.
  • All competitors take the Leadership Test and a #2 pencil will be furnished. This is the only time the
    Leadership Test will be offered.

Leadership Test

All competitors will be taking the Leadership Test immediately after the State Orientation Meeting on Monday night. All competitors will be furnished a #2 pencil. This is the only time the Leadership Test will be offered.

Friday Awards Ceremony Changes

There are two new items this year:
1. The Friday Awards Ceremony will start an hour earlier at 5:00 pm, not at 6:00 pm as in the past. Championships Contest Updates
Please be sure to read the contest updates posted on the National web page at


Please be sure to check the contest updates regularly. Your student will not be prepared for the contest without this information. We want all competitors to be aware of this information and any changes!


Each student must submit a one-page printed resume before the contest starts at the contest site (present to contest coordinator, not judges). This is the only time that resumes can be turned in. Failure to do so will result in a 10 point penalty.

Clothing Requirement
The clothing requirement for your contest is found in the Technical Standards. A copy was given to each winner. Please be sure to follow this exactly as you will receive a penalty for not having the proper clothing, up to 50 points. Be sure to get the proper clothing beforehand as there is no guarantee that you will be able to 5 purchase what you need at the National Conference. Competition uniforms may be purchased at

Dress Code

Registrants traveling as a group should remember that they are representing SkillsUSA and forming a public impression of the organization. When traveling, registrants are not required to wear official SkillsUSA attire, but they are encouraged to wear clothing with the SkillsUSA logo — for example, an embroidered polo shirt with khaki slacks.

At all times, whether traveling or during the conference, registrants’ overall appearance should be clean and neat. Their attire should be appropriate for the occasion. Contestants must follow the clothing requirements in the official technical standards for their contests. During formal events such as the opening and awards ceremonies, official SkillsUSA attire is required.

Opening and Awards Ceremonies Attire

As an organization, we must portray a professional image to the business, industry, education and government representatives attending the opening and awards sessions. Official SkillsUSA attire should be worn to the opening ceremony. The National Board of Directors has ruled that students who come on stage during the awards ceremony be dressed in official SkillsUSA attire or SkillsUSA Championships work clothing. Students not wearing official SkillsUSA attire or Championships work clothing will not be allowed on stage. Other attire is not allowed, including jeans, shorts, T-shirts, tank tops, sneakers, boots and sandals. This rule will be enforced, and any awards earned will be presented backstage if the student is not dressed properly.

Official SkillsUSA Attire

  • Women: Red SkillsUSA blazer or black jacket, white blouse (collarless or small-collared), knee length black dress skirt or black dress slacks, black sheer (not opaque) or skin-tone seamless hose and black shoes
  • Men: Red SkillsUSA blazer or black jacket, white dress shirt, solid black tie, black dress slacks, plain black socks and black dress shoes.

Special Needs Contestant Information

If you have registered a contestant who will require the assistance of another person at the orientation meeting and during the competition, please send an email to Jennifer Polz at:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the names of the student and the contest by May 1, 2017.
(Example: a dyslexic student requiring a reader, a deaf student requiring a signer, etc.)

Please note SkillsUSA can provide sign language specialists, but not translators. Also, please specify medical needs, such as diabetes, food allergies, wheelchair etc.

SkillsUSA will assist with hearing-impaired issues for orientations and debriefing. If longer intervals are needed, SkillsUSA will work with you on an individual basis. We do not cover interpreters. If needed, an agreed arrangement will be made.


2017 National Leadership and Skills Conference
June 19-24, 2017 Louisville, Kentucky

Condensed Agenda

Monday, June 19

8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Leverage, Activate & Engage
9 a.m. – SkillsUSA Championships move-in
9 a.m. – State Directors’ Meeting
9 a.m. – noon – Alumni Roundtable
2 p.m.- Contest Chairs’ Meeting
5:00 pm • Registration Materials should be picked up in hotel lobby
* Please have dinner prior to arriving for Mandatory State Delegation Meeting
• State Delegation Meeting- Mandatory Meeting for Contestant and Advisor
• Professional Development Test given for all student competitors
8:00 p.m. - SkillsUSA Minnesota Orientation Meeting and Contestant Leadership Testing

Tuesday, June 20

7:30 a.m. – SkillsUSA Championships move-in
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – TECHSPO & Career Fair
8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. – TAG Tuesday (Delegates)
9 a.m. – Noon – Advisor of the Year Interviews
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – National Officer Candidate Procedure
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Contestant Orientation Meetings
12 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Set up display event, exhibits and check in notebooks
2 p.m. – Joint Delegate Session
7 p.m. – Opening Ceremony – Mandatory for ALL Registered in Minnesota Delegation
8:45 p.m. – Champions Festival at 4th Street Live

Wednesday, June 21

7:30 a.m. – Leadership contestants report to contest area
7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. – President’s Volunteer Service Award Breakfast
7:45 a.m. – Teachers’ Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – A Call to Action Teachers’ Session
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. – SkillsUSA Championships (open to the public)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – TECHSPO & Career Fair
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Delegate Meetings
10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. – SkillsUSA University
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – 100% Advisors Reception
7 p.m. – Champions Night: Louisville Bats Baseball Game

Thursday, June 22

5:30 a.m. SkillsUSA Michigan Breakfast
7:30 a.m. – Contestants report to contest area
8 a.m. – Leadership contests finals
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – SkillsUSA Championships (open to the public)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – TECHSPO & Career Fair (indoor exhibits close at 3 p.m.)
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – SkillsUSA University
1 p.m. – Meet the Candidates/Delegate Assembly Business Mtg.
6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. – “SkillsUSA Night” at Kentucky Kingdom
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Chapter Distinction/100% Advisor Reception

Friday, June 23

7:30 a.m. – State Directors’ Breakfast
8 a.m. – SkillsUSA Championships Move-out
8:30 a.m. – State Directors’ Business Meeting
9 a.m. and 1 p.m. – SkillsUSA University
10:30 a.m. – Delegate Assembly Business Mtg./Meet the Candidates
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – ASTS Business Meeting and Teachers Luncheon
5 p.m. – Awards Ceremony
Immediately Following Awards Ceremony-SkillsUSA Minnesota Awards Rally


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