National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC)
SkillsUSA heads to Louisville, Ky., June 24-28, 2019, for the 55th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. More than 16,000 people — including students, teachers and business partners — are expected to participate in the weeklong event.
Registration Information ***Deadline April 26, 2019!***
The following Registration Guide has been prepared to guide advisors through the registration process for the National Leadership and Skills Conference 2019. Payments should be made payable to and mailed to: SkillsUSA Illinois, Inc. | P. O. Box 1029, Pekin, IL 61555-1029.
Refund Policy: Please review our Conference Refund Policy prior to registering.
About the Conference
Every summer SkillsUSA heads to Louisville, Ky., for the annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. More than 16,000 people — including students, teachers and business partners — are expected to participate in the weeklong event. Monday the state delegation travels to Louisville and meets as a group. On Tuesday, the Opening Ceremony is the first official conference event.
Delegate sessions for middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students are conducted by the national officers. The sessions provide a platform to conduct the organization’s official business, elect student leaders and recognize state association voting delegates.
SkillsUSA University is a program of educational seminars available to all participants Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. SkillsUSA TECHSPO returns to the conference as a whole new experience and is now located on the competition floor. Look for products available to purchase from SkillsUSA’s sponsors and vendors in both indoor and outdoor exhibits.
The SkillsUSA Championships will be held on Wednesday and Thursday. More than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students –– all state contest winners –– will compete hands-on in 100 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 competitions will be open to the public and free of charge.
The week caps off with the Awards Ceremony, which takes place on Friday evening at KEC’s Freedom Hall.