SkillsUSA National Championships

National Leadership and Skills Conference

SkillsUSA returns to Kansas City June 24-28, 2013 for the 49th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students.

More than 15,000 people—including students, teachers and business partners—are expected to participate in the week-long event.

The SkillsUSA Championships will be held on Thursday, June 27 in H. Roe Bartle Hall and Municipal Auditorium. Nearly 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students - all state contest winners - will compete hands-on in 98 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like 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 competitions will be open to the public and free of charge.

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Opening Ceremony: Wednesday, June 26th 2013

BIG NEWS! Mike Rowe will be the keynote speaker for the Opening Ceremony at this year's National Leadership and Skills Conference. Caterpillar Inc. will sponsor this year’s Opening Ceremony, to be held on Wednesday, June 26. Thanks Caterpillar Inc. for sponsoring the Opening Ceremony and making it possible to have The Real Mike Rowe at our conference. This will be a national conference to remember!


Graphics Floor Layout 6-17-13 by Mr. K

Graphic Communications Schedule as follows

Tuesday, June 25th  11:00 am - Meet in lobby 1500 of Bartle Hall for busses to Park University - Agenda will be as follows - Orientation will begin upon arrival - Assigned groups will take the Written test in Room 812 - Instructional overview of Preflight will be given along with a guest speaker from Ricoh to highlight the digital press competition - Resumes are supposed to be provided in paper form from all contestants during orientation, so please remember to bring them - We have requested lunches from SkillsUSA to be provided to the students during this event, lunches should be picked up prior to boarding the bus (note buses will NOT run in half hour rotations this year so please make sure you arrive early enough to make the bus) Buses will depart from Park University at 3:30 with arrival back to Bartle Hall

Wednesday, June 26th  8:30 to 5:00 pm - Meet in contest area of Bartle Hall for familiarization - Lunch will be provided for students - Training will be provided in groups in all areas of the contest.  Instructors are invited and recommended to attend the NEW Digital Press competition training with their students.  Training can also be provided to any instructor wanting training in any other area of the competition during this day.  We will provide more details during orientation for any training requests.  Please bring any requests to the attention of the Technical Committee during orientation or during the day of training.  We will try our best to provide you with training and the information you need.

Thursday, June 27th 8:00 to 5:00 pm - Competition Day - Bartle Hall - Bring your "A" Game!!!

Friday, June 28th 8:00 to Noon - 8:00 to 9:15 Breakfast and Debriefing at the Marriott Downtown, Bennie Moten A/B Room (Graphic Communications) - 9:30 to Noon Industry tour H&H Color Lab, bus departs from Marriott Downtown at 9:30 with arrival to H&H at 9:50 - Tour begins at 10:00 - Tour ends at 11:30 - Bus departs H&H at 11:40 - Buss arrives at the Marriott Downtown at noon. 

A special Thank You to Jim Workman for arranging and sponsoring the Graphic Communications breakfast and Industry tour provided by Printing Industries of America

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Awards Ceremony Friday, June 28th 6:00 pm - See you there!!!

Check out the Videos below taken at the SkillsUSA 2012 Competitions

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