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Feb. 27, 2017

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Online Testing Proctor Options

The online testing window is March 20-31, 2017. There are two options available for completing the state online exam requirement for the SkillsUSA Tennessee State Leadership and Skills Championships. You must select one option below, and complete the appropriate form hyperlinked by March 2, 2017

  • Option A: Designate your own proctor to test on-site at your school.
  • Option B: Schedule with your local TCAT for proctoring service.

Required Exams:
contestants will need to complete the SkillsUSA Tie Breaker Exam which is managed through our D2L system. The study guide for tie breaker exam available online through Quizlet.

In addition, certain contests, especially the skilled/trade, will have a general knowledge exam specific to their contest area. Some contest specific exams are managed through the D2L system. Other contests have an contest specific exam managed through the Workforce Ready System called SkillConnect assessments. The testing details chart document gives the type of required exams for each of our state contests.

This is the first step for scheduling your exams, additional details will be sent after the option selection deadline passes.

SkillConnect Online Testing Blueprints, Resources, and Requirements

To view the blueprint that describes the standards, competencies, and academic skills tied to each assessment, please follow the link below and click on the assessment name. For other resources on the assessments, please visit:

$2,000 Chapter Excellence Grant

The Chapter Excellence Grant, sponsored by Lowe's, is an exciting opportunity for chapters to be recognized for exemplary chapter performance and to receive a $2,000 grant. The SkillsUSA’s Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) establishes a quality baseline that all chapters are encouraged to attain, with extra incentive for exemplary performance. The program consists of four award levels, with the first three recognized by the state and the final level eligible for national recognition. The 24 chapters recognized as models of excellence will receive a $2,000 section or chapter grant. The state deadline of March 1, 2017 is quickly approaching! Ensure that your chapter receives the recognition it deserves by completing the CEP application.

Complete your application online at: If you have questions, contact Gayle Silvey (, (404) 216-6040) or Debbie Peabody (, (844) 875-4557).

Download CEP resources at:

Retrieving Scores from Regional and State Championships

In order to retrieve your students’ scores after the regional and state championships, please follow the following procedure:

  • Register the student in the online registration with an accurate birth date.
  • Two to three days after the close of the conference, visit
  • Select the appropriate conference and year.
  • Select the appropriate contest.
  • Enter the contestant number (the badge number given at the conference).
  • Enter the birth date you entered when registering the student.
  • Click “View Scores.”

SLSC Opening Session

  • The 52nd Annual SkillsUSA Tennessee Opening Ceremony will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017, at 6 p.m. EST, at McKenzie Arena on the campus of UT Chattanooga. Doors open at 5 p.m.
  • Advisor Appreciation/National Conference Update and Delegate Sessions will be held at McKenzie Arena immediately following the opening session adjournment. 
  • Bus transportation from the Chattanooga Convention Center will be available. However, space is limited.
  • Bus and automobile parking is available and highly encouraged at McKenzie Arena.
  • Show your chapter and school spirit by participating in the parade of banners starting at 5:30 p.m. EST. There will be no food and drink allowed in McKenzie Arena.
  • Just like at the National Leadership and Skills Conference, one piece of state and school pride "bling" is encouraged. Examples include:
    • Flashing beads
    • Flashing hats
    • Flashing sunglasses
    • Decorative school beads
  • Official dress or business professional dress is required. Other requirements include:
    • Do not cover up official dress.
    • No baseball caps allowed.
    • Nothing messy (silly string, etc.) allowed.
    • No noise makers allowed.
    • No balloons allowed.

Notebook Event Instructions

The following notebooks must be received by Estle Muncy by March 22, 2017. This is NOT a postmark date.

  • Occupational Health and Safety-Single
  • Occupational Health and Safety-Multiple
  • Outstanding Chapter
  • Health Occupations Professional Portfolio

Mail to:
Anderson County Career and Technical Center
Attn: Estle Muncy
140 Maverick Circle
Clinton, TN 37716

Contestants will be assigned a time for an one-on-one interview between 12-4 p.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017 at the State Leadership and Skills Conference after registration has closed. An email will be sent to the advisor listed in registration with the appointed interview time on March 10, 2017.

The American Spirit portfolio must be received by Samantha Childress no later than March 22, 2017. This is NOT a postmark date.

Mail to:
Loretto High School
Attn: Samantha Childress
525 2nd Ave S.
Loretto, TN 38469

Contestants must email or call Samantha Childress by March 22, 2017 to set up a time for an one-on-one interview at the State Leadership and Skills Conference.

Please call School: 931-231-8850; Cell: 256-483-9618; or email

Community Service contestants must email Julie Brewer at for an interview appointment by March 22, 2017.

All electronic files (Powerpoint, PDF, Word, Prezi, etc.) should be emailed to Julie Brewer no later Friday, April 7, 2017. Contestants should bring their presentations on a memory card or flashdrive. If the contestant brings his/her own laptop, then the contestant must also bring the necessary hookups (cables, cords, etc.) to connect to the projector.

State Conference Hotel Reservations

The room rates are as follows:
 Hotel   Rate
 Chattanooga Choo Choo  $114 plus 8% occupancy tax per night
 Chattanooga Marriott  $116 plus 8% occupancy tax per night
 Chattanoogan  $155 plus 8% occupancy tax per night
 Days Inn Rivergate  $119 plus 8% occupancy tax per night
 DoubleTree by Hilton  $137 plus 8% occupancy tax per night
 Hampton Inn and Suites  $137 plus 8% occupancy tax per night
 Hilton Garden Inn  $137 plus 8% occupancy tax per night
 Holiday Inn Express  $127 plus 8% occupancy tax per night
 SpringHill Suites  $139 plus 8% occupancy tax per night
 Staybridge Suites  $139/$149 plus 8% occupancy tax
 The Read House Hotel  $120 plus 8% occupancy tax per night
  • Important: Payments to the Read House Hotel are required two weeks prior to check-in.

Voting Delegate Information for SLSC

Each local chapter shall be entitled to two voting delegates at the state conference. These delegates must be active members of the local chapter. Local chapters having membership of more than thirty active members prior to Feb. 1 shall be entitled to one additional delegate for each increment of 15 active members, or fractional part thereof, in excess of 30.
The delegates would therefore be computed by the following numbers of active members:
 30 or less           Two (2) delegates   
 31 through 45  Three (3) delegates
 46 through 60  Four (4) delegates
 61 through 75  Five (5) delegates
 76 through 90  Six (6) delegates

SkillsUSA Night at the Chattanooga Aquarium

  • We are proud to announce that on Tuesday night, April 11, 2017, immediately following our banquet, all registered conference attendees will receive one FREE admission to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga! Conference T-Shirt and Badge are required for entry to aquarium.

Required Registration Documents

All registered attendees must complete the SkillsUSA conference registration online form and the SkillsUSA CTSO Release Form.
  • You are no longer required to mail the CTSO Release Form with your registration. Advisors should have a completed copy for each attendee at the conference in the event of an emergency.
  • The SkillsUSA Conference Registration Form (formerly the NLSC1 form) must be completed online and is NOT to be mailed to SkillsUSA Tennessee.
  • Advisors please mail ONLY your chapter invoice with registration payment.

Curriculum Connection

New SkillsUSA Resource Helps Elementary School Students Explore STEM Careers
The new program, sponsored by State Farm Insurance Companies, is launching through SkillsUSA’s 4,000 chapters nationwide. Any SkillsUSA chapter can use the resource, which has been provided to chapter advisors as part of their paid professional membership. SkillsUSA has announced the release of a new resource that encourages high school students to mentor younger students on possible career paths. Its Jump Into STEM! program provides tools and activities for SkillsUSA members to help elementary-age participants take part in interactive career experiences. Whether a younger student wants to be an architect or an electrician, a social media specialist or a computer programmer, an industrial designer or an airline pilot, there is information on possible careers for the future. With this groundbreaking new program, SkillsUSA members are bridging the gap between elementary-age students and careers related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Scholarship Programs for Your Students

SkillsUSA lists opportunities for scholarships as they become available.  To be sure you aren't missing anything, please continually check the SkillsUSA website for your students at: 

Upcoming Deadlines 

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