Get Ready for NLSC 2019!

We are ready for NLSC 2019 with over 200 SkillsUSA Illinois members attending and competing in the nation’s greatest showcase of Career & Technical Education. To prepare for NLSC, please review the information posted at
. New this year, we have released a new NLSC 2019 Delegation Guide to explain the events of the week and how to properly prepare.

Guests Attending NLSC 2019
SkillsUSA Awards Ceremony pass sales are changing. The new procedure will be through the SkillsUSA website, and sales will begin June 3. The advance purchase will be $10 each, plus a service fee. A credit card is required for online purchase. Buyers will be required to either download the admission ticket, which contains a barcode, onto their smartphones, or print out a paper copy of the ticket(s) to be admitted to Friday evening’s awards at Freedom Hall. No on-site ticket sales will be available. The number of tickets for sale is limited due to seating availability at Freedom Hall. Buy early; once all seats are sold, ticket sales will cease. There will be parking fees at the entrance of the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC).

SkillsUSA Career Essentials Certified Teacher Training

For the first time, SkillsUSA Career Essentials Certified Teacher training will be held at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. This certification training requires full participation in four specific sessions. Individuals registering for all four sessions of this training will receive one year of access to one of the SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences courses, will develop an implementation plan for using the course, and will learn about and develop strategies for teaching it. Those completing all four sessions in full will also earn their certificate as a Career Essentials certified teacher.

For more information or to register, contact Chris Anderson at 

SkillsUSA National Signing Day – presented by Klein Tools

Congratulations to our first SkillsUSA National Signing Day schools. The event on May 8 was a huge success. Over 300 schools and an estimated 3,000 students participated across the country. The event saluted career and technical education students for pledging to continue in a skilled trades career after high school, in the same way as student athletes who sign for college sports programs or even the NFL. Our partner Klein Tools took the lead, providing T-shirts, hats, backpacks and Klein pliers as gifts as well as pledge cards, signs, tablecloths and water bottles.

State Leadership and Skills Conference 2019 Recap

April 11-13, 2019, SkillsUSA Illinois hosted its 55th annual State Leadership and Skills Conference, the state’s largest showcase of skilled trades. Quality career and technical education was at the center of the conference. More than 5,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and representatives from 400 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions participated in this year’s conference. Thank you to our conference sponsors: A-TEC Ambulance, ALTA Equipment Company, Automobile Mechanics’ Local 701 , Caterpillar, DoubleGood, ELITE Ambulance, HAAS, Lincoln Electric, St. Louis – Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council, and Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute. The highlight of the conference was the annual SkillsUSA Championships with 95 hands-on skill and leadership competitions.

The SkillsUSA Illinois Championships is the state’s largest workforce development event for middle-school, high school and college/postsecondary students enrolled in public career and technical education programs. SkillsUSA Illinois hosted the event, which is considered the largest skill competition in the state and the single greatest day of industry volunteerism in the state, at an estimated cost of more than $4 million.

SkillsUSA Illinois was honored to present over 400 gold, silver and bronze medallions to these students who excel in their field. Check-out the medal count by school here