SkillsUSA Signing Day (presented by Klein Tools)

We are excited to announce that May 8 will be SkillsUSA National Signing Day, presented by Klein Tools.

This day will celebrate and publicly acknowledge high school seniors who are committing to careers in the building and construction trades. Whether they are starting an apprenticeship, entering a more focused technical education or entering the field directly, we want to reinforce our support for their decision to help close the skills gap and promote positivity for the trades.

In partnership with Klein Tools, SkillsUSA will host National Signing Day events at approximately 500 schools throughout the country — but we need to hear from you first!

We are looking for Class of 2019 students who are committing to careers or continuing education in Residential Wiring, Building Trades and Renovations, HVAC, and/or Plumbing.

If you have graduating high-school seniors who fit these criteria, please use the link below to start the conversation with the National Signing Day team.


Participation will be limited to the first 500 eligible programs to express interest.
All submissions must be in by March 1 for consideration — don’t delay!

SLSC 2019 Brand Design Challenge Winner


Congratulations to Drew Stralka of Indian Valley Vocational Center in Sandwich, IL on winning this year’s State Leadership and Skills Conference Brand Challenge.  Drew’s design will serve as the official conference logo. She will be recognized on stage at the Opening Ceremony of the SkillsUSA Illinois State Leadership and Skills Conference 2019 this April in Springfield, Illinois.  

State Leadership & Skills Conference 2019

SkillsUSA Illinois’ 55th Annual State Leadership and Skills Conference will be held April 11 – 13, 2019 in Springfield, IL. This is Illinois greatest showcase of Career and Technical Education.

Registration Information
Registration information for the SkillsUSA Illinois State Leadership and Skills Conference is now available. The registration deadline is March 15, 2019. Please review all information carefully as some information has changed. Learn more at

 Exhibitor Booth Space

We are still accepting applications for any business partners that wish to exhibit at our State Leadership and Skills Conference. This is a great opportunity to get your business in front of some of the most talented and dedicated young professionals and their educators in Illinois. There is no better conference, with more dedicated teachers and students that the SkillsUSA Illinois State Leadership and Skills Conference. We look forward to seeing you and your business represented.

Exhibitor Packet

All SkillsUSA Illinois events are made possible by a dedicated team of volunteers. Before, during, and after conferences, these individuals work to provide the best possible experiences for students. We are still currently in need of volunteers for this year’s State Leadership and Skills Conference. To volunteer, please complete this application: 

SLSC 2019 Volunteer Application

State Qualifying Conferences Recap

This month SkillsUSA Illinois hosted two inaugural State Qualifying Conferences providing a hands-on, competitive event for students to showcase their career and technical education skills as well as earn a opportunity to advance  to the State Leadership and Skills Conference.

March 1st, Southwestern Illinois College (Granite City, IL) hosted State Qualifying Conference – South with 125 students participating in 13 contests. Thank you to Mark Bosworth and Brad Sparks for their coordination of the event.

March 8th, Elgin Community College (Elgin, IL) hosted State Qualifying Conference – North with 350 students participating in  18 contests. Thank you to Susan and Chuck Timm, Marcy Thompson, the ECC team for their work coordinating this event. 

State Qualifying Conference – North Results

Architectural Drafting

  1. Tyler Markert (Marengo Community High School)

Automotive Service Technology

  1. Jordan Nolfe (Willowbrook High School)
  2. James Adams (Elk Grove High School)
  3. Nicholas Noto (Willowbrook High School)


  1. Ryan Meyers (Glenbrook South High School)
  2. Charles Mathewson (Homewood/Flossmoor High School)

Commercial Baking

  1. Nicole Baker (Glenbrook South High School)

Computer Programming

  1. Marcus Hadley (Indian Valley Vocational Center)


  1. Alicia Avilia (Kankakee Area Career Center)

Culinary Arts

  1. Marcella Garcia (Kishwaukee Education Consortium)

Criminal Justice

  1. Emma Williams (Grundy Area Vocational Center)
  2. Morgan Larson (Grundy Area Vocational Center)

Early Childhood Education

  1. Macy Galante (Glenbrook South High School)

Emergency Medical Technician

  1. Hannah Hanks (Kishwaukee Education Consortium)
  2. Emma Dold (Indian Valley Vocational Center)
  3. Kevin Vazquez (Indian Valley Vocational Center)


  1. Caity Edwards (Kankakee Area Career Center)


  1. Logan Zarek (Kishwaukee Education Consortium)
  2. Tyler Johnson (Kishwaukee Education Consortium)
  3. Weston Nay (Kishwaukee Education Consortium)


  1. Cole Freeland (Indian Valley Vocational Center)

Job Interview

  1. Angelle Vanderwarf (Kankakee Area Career Center)

Nurse Assisting

  1. Mackenzie Ringer (Elgin Community College)
  2. Admaris Jaramillo (Kankakee Area Career Center)

Technical Drafting

  1. Mateusz Szumowicz (Carl Sandburg High School)


  1. Drake Walker (Grundy Area Vocational Center)
  2. Aiden Lindemann (Grundy Area Vocational Center)
  3. Daniel Rodriguez (Grundy Area Vocational Center)


State Qualifying Conference – South Results

Architectural Drafting

  1. Riley Bansch (Bloomington Area Career Center) 

Commercial Baking

  1. Makayla Elshoff (Bloomington Area Career Center)


  1. Diona Moody (Bloomington Area Career Center) 

Criminal Justice

  1. Matthew Trimble (Bloomington Area Career Center)

Culinary Arts

  1. Maddy Woodrum (Capital Area Career Center)

Emergency Medical Technician

  1. Kaitlyn Price (Capital Area Career Center)


  1. Cole Evans (Bloomington Area Career Center) 

First Aid/CPR

  1. Cara Anderson (Capital Area Career Center)

Job Interview

  1. Stephanie Munozcano (Bloomington Area Career Center) 

Nurse Assisting

  1. Aleandria Reed (Bloomington Area Career Center)

Technical Drafting

  1. Alan Benson (Carbondale Community High School)


  1. Isaiah Franke (Career Center of Southern Illinois)
  2. Matthew Nunn (Career Center of Southern Illinois)
  3. Michael Hubert (Career Center of Southern Illinois)

Welding (Postsecondary)

  1. Bryce Dickenson (Southwestern Illinois College)