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April 29, 2018

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Congratulations to the 2018 Tennessee SkillsUSA SLSC Medalists

Congratulations to all of the 2018 SkillsUSA Tennessee State Leadership and Skills Conference medalists. The gold medalist in each event will advance and represent Tennessee at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, KY, on June 25-29. The high school division had 125 schools entered this year, with 73 schools taking at least one medal home. Even more impressive are the 45 high schools advancing to the national event. The postsecondary division had 23 colleges entered, and 22 will be advancing to nationals. Please click here to view top three medalists for our competitive events. Photos from the event have been shared on our Facebook page, and Dilling Group posted a news release on welding competition. Please complete our state conference survey to share your feedback by clicking here.

mikeroweWORKS Foundation Scholarships for NLSC

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA, is proud to offer a scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA members who have competed and placed first in their state association competition.

The scholarship provides support for SkillsUSA state contest winners who have insufficient personal, chapter, school or community resources to participate at the 2018 National SkillsUSA Championships. The winners may also have the opportunity to attend a luncheon with a member of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation staff during the conference.

The award is based on a student-written, one-page narrative describing the student’s financial need for the scholarship, including the lack of school or community resources. The student may be nominated with a letter of recommendation written by their advisor, or state director, Tracy Whitehead. Applications must be submitted online by midnight ET on May 15. The national office will notify the winners the following week. Applications submitted after this time will not be considered.

Retrieving Scores from State Championships

In order to retrieve your students’ scores after the state championship, please follow the procedure outlined below:

  • Visit SkillsUSA Scores/Results website.
  • Select Contest Scores
  • Select the appropriate state, conference, and year: TN - 2018 State Leadership and Skills Conference.
  • 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 MM/DD/YYYY.
  • Click "View Scores."
  • Your score will be in the column highlighted in yellow.

National Contestants Tie-Breaker Online Exam

The National Organization will conduct the tie-breaker exam for national contestants prior to arriving in Louisville, KY. Please note that this will be the last year the PDP test will be used as a tie-breaker. Starting in 2019 the test will become one of the standards and be part of the total score in each competition. In 2019 the "tie-breaker" will then be determined by the most heavily weighted standard or project as determined by the National Technical Committee. The online testing window will be April 20 thru May 25.

2018 National Professional Development Test testing guidelines:

  • Each contestant will be able to log in and take the test once. Duplicate attempts to log in will not be allowed.
  • The test is timed to 30 minutes. If not completed, the test disconnects the individual.
  • Each question will need to be answered to move to the next question. Students cannot pass questions and come back later.
  • There are 50 questions total on the test.
  • Results will not be issued to the individual.
  • This test will be used as the first tiebreaker in all national contests.
  • Required information:  First name, Last name, Email address. Please use first name listed in membership site, not nick names, middle names, etc...
Study Resources:

NLSC Information and Updates

  • All NLSC attendees must register and complete the NLSC online form during the registration process by May 10.
  • Required Forms:
  • Be sure you reference the new National Technical Standards available to professional members.
  • All competitors must be in the official contest uniform found in the National Technical Standards.
  • All competitors MUST attend all contest orientations in order to compete.
  • Competitors are required to wear the official contest uniform to orientation.
  • All competitors must bring a hard copy of their resume to the contest orientation or face a 10 point penalty.
  • Please visit national website for contest updates.
    • These updates supersede the National Technical Standards.
  • Models are to be registered as observers.
    • Models are not required to attend the orientation meetings, nor will the model be required to take the written exam.

Tennessee Specific Information at NLSC 

  • Registration – Lead Advisor for Chapter
    • Sunday, June 24, 3-5 p.m. ET
      Cottonwood Hotel Triple Crown Room
  • Registration – Lead Advisor for Chapter
    • Monday, June 25, 12–4 p.m. ET
      Cottonwood Hotel Triple Crown Room
  • Tennessee High School Informational Meeting – Attendance is required.
    • Monday, June 25, 6–7:30 p.m. ET
      Kentucky Expo Center: South Wing B 103
      Shuttle will pick up from 5:15-5:30 p.m. ET at hotel, and return from 7:30-8 p.m. on Monday for our state delegation meeting.
  • Banquet/Celebration
    • Friday, June 29, 8:30–10 p.m. ET
      Kentucky Expo Center: South Wing C 101-104
  • Conference Hotel: Rates: $160 King – $165 Double
    • Cottonwood Hotel and Suites
      4110 Dixie Highway
      Louisville, KY. 40216
      Phone-(502) 448-2020
    • All hotel rooms will be arranged through your state director, Tracy Whitehead. To request rooms for your school email the completed Hotel Planner Form by May 10.

NLSC Condensed Agenda

  • For a condensed agenda of the 2018 National Leadership and Skills Conference, please click here
  • This agenda is subject to change.
  • The competition agenda will be posted in the near future here.

NLSC Text Alerts

  • To receive messages about the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference for Tennessee attendees via text, click here
  • Standard text message rates apply. 

NLSC Community Service Opportunities

SkillsUSA is excited to partner with Lowe’s, GE Appliances Inc., Paradise Tomato Kitchens and UPS Aviation Inc. for this year’s community service projects on Friday, June 29, during the National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). SkillsUSA students will have an opportunity to apply their skills in providing much-needed services to the greater Louisville community.
The day will start with a “kickoff” event at 7:30 a.m. ET in South Wing C Lobby of the Kentucky Exposition Center.
The process for registering students to participate in community service will be similar to last year. As students are registered for national conference, there will be a box to check and sign up for the service event. It is very important to not register students for community service who will serve as delegates or who have contest debriefings on Friday morning. Contest debrief schedule is available in the registration system. The deadline for registration is the same as NLSC registration, May 10.

Training Opportunities

June 23-25 - Leverage, Activate, and Engage: The cost of these pre-conference training sessions is $165 per participant. 

June 26 - TAG Tuesday leads conference delegates on a quest to “Train, Act, Grow” (TAG) from their leadership experiences. It helps students engage more, give more and be better delegates for their state associations. Training for middle-school and high-school delegates builds on servant leadership, member recruitment and creating an atmosphere of teamwork. Training concludes with live interviews with business leaders who offer feedback on résumés and interviewing techniques.

Pre-registration is required for Leverage, Activate, Engage, and TAG Tuesday. Individuals who wish to participate should be registered for the training session in the NLSC online form by May 12 deadline.To find out more information about what is offered at each of these training sessions click here. Deadline to register is May 10.

June 26-28 - SkillsUSA University sessions features some of the best educational seminars available from SkillsUSA and is held during the national leadership and skills conference. SkillsUSA University sessions are free to all registered conference participants. 

Fourth Street Live

The admission to Fourth Street Live on Wednesday evening June 27 requires a SkillsUSA conference name badge and a SkillsUSA shirt. The outside perimeter is open to the public. Another option for anyone who does not have a name badge is to take advantage of local restaurants that are open and have outdoor seating.

Change to Chapter of Distinction Reception

Exceptional growth in SkillsUSA’s Chapters of Excellence Program (CEP) has resulted in a change at the National Leadership and Skills Conference. What was formerly 100-Percent Advisor and Chapter of Distinction Reception will now solely honor chapter advisors who have received a Chapter of Distinction status (bronze, silver or gold).

New Meet the Employer Event

On Friday, June 29, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., SkillsUSA will be hosting Meet the Employer in the West Hall of KEC. Over 50 employers from every sector will be on site to promote career opportunities with their companies. All NLSC attendees are invited to stop by to interact with eager potential employers. Educational sessions will also be available to help attendees learn more about career opportunities and enhance job-seeking skills. Students are required to bring copies of their resumes. Admission is free for NLSC attendees. More information can be found here.

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines 

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