NLSC Advisor Update May 2016

SkillsUSA Michigan

This Advisor Update is specifically about the National Leadership and Conference!

2016 NLSC Due Dates – IMPORTANT!

There are a few important due dates left for the 2016 National Leadership and Skills Conference on June 20-25, 2016 in Louisville, KY:

  • May 15, 2016 – Payment deadline to State Office
  • May 15, 2016 – Final refund date
  • May 31, 2016 – Additional Trading Pins Pre-Order Form due to State Office

mikeroweWORKS Foundation Offers Travel Scholarships for Competitors

SkillsUSA is pleased to announce that the mikeroweWORKS Foundation is once again offering a number of scholarships of up to $1,000 for SkillsUSA member students to attend the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., June 20-24. This is the sixth consecutive year that the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA, has offered scholarships for SkillsUSA members who compete and place first in their state championships and who otherwise would not be able to attend the national championships for financial reasons. All SkillsUSA students who meet these competition criteria are welcome to apply.

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation scholarship program provides assistance to eligible students who are pursuing an education in a vocational or similar trade-related program. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation has a priority focus on high-school and college/postsecondary students who are working toward careers in manufacturing, construction, automotive, engineering and STEM-related trade occupations. However, this opportunity is open to all state gold medalists attending the SkillsUSA Championships who have the financial need for the travel funds.

Scholarships will be awarded based on students’ written narratives describing their need for the scholarship, how they have benefited through participation in SkillsUSA and why they chose their particular trade or technical skill. Applicants are also required to provide a recommendation written by their SkillsUSA advisor or the state association director in support of the financial need.

Applicants need to apply online at: Scholarship applications must be received by Friday, May 27 (midnight EDT). Applications submitted after this time will not be considered.

Summer Email

We need to know how to reach you this summer, so please send your summer email address to

SkillsUSA Michigan State Events

There are several SkillsUSA Michigan state events planned at Nationals. All events are mandatory and will be held at the hotel.

  • State Orientation Meeting and Contestant Leadership Testing (bring a #2 pencil). This is a mandatory meeting for ALL participants!
  • Thursday morning from 5:30 am to 7:30 am – State Breakfast (before SkillsUSA Championships)
  • Friday evening immediately following Awards Ceremony – State Social and Awards

NLSC Wednesday Event

During the National Leadership and Skills Conference, SkillsUSA will hold a private event at the Muhammad Ali Center on Wednesday, June 22, from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. NLSC attendees can visit the Ali Center ( by wearing a SkillsUSA T-shirt or other SkillsUSA clothing, displaying their official conference badge and paying $1 at the door. In addition, the band A Lion Named Roar will perform inside the lobby from 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

Personal Medical Information

IMPORTANT CHANGE – In order for SkillsUSA to be HIPAA compliant, we are no longer allowed to collect personal medical information for each person attending the conference, including medical cards. It will be the responsibility of the local school to maintain/keep medical information and have permission to dispense it as needed.

National Conference Text Messages

Please sign up using the codes below to receive important text messages at the National Conference. We are using Remind 101 for these text messages.

  • To receive messages via text, text @2016minc to 81010. You can optout of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe @2016minc'. Trouble using 81010? Try texting @2016minc to (734) 680-8322 instead. *Standard text message rates apply.
  • To receive messages via email, send an email to

Cell Phone Numbers

All advisors are asked to email their cell phone number to ASAP. Thanks to those who have already done this. This cell phone number list will be provided to all advisors in attendance at Nationals.

Championships Contest Updates

Please be sure to read the contest updates posted on the National web page at VERY IMPORTANT: Please be sure to check the contest updates regularly. Your student will not be prepared for the contest without this information. We want all competitors to be aware of this information and any changes!

Contestant Résumés

All competitors must create a one-page résumé and submit a hard copy to the technical committee chair at orientation. Failure to do so will result in a 10-point penalty. They can bring a résumé to the contest on the day of competition, however, the penalty will remain in effect.

Contest Floor Map

This year, all contests but a few contents will be at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC). A contest floor map is available at Be sure to zoom in and you will see the location of each contest.

Additional Trading Pins Pre-Order Form

We will be taking pre-orders for additional trading pins for Nationals. Pre-orders must be faxed by May 31, 2016. As part of your registration, all registrants will receive three (3) SkillsUSA Michigan Trading Pins. The pre-order form is available at

Alumni Sponsored Community Service Project

On Friday June 24, 2016, SkillsUSA Alumni and Friends Association will host a community service project, sponsored by GOJO Industries, that will involve approximately 300 volunteers. If you are interested in this project, send an email to with the names of the students and advisors that want to volunteer by May 6, 2016.

NLSC Shipping Information

The official shipping company for the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference is YRC Freight. All shipments must be made by using YRC Freight, if you use another carrier you will need to pay a drayage charge of $50 per hundred weight, no exceptions. Please use the shipping label at this link:

YRC will start receiving freight on May 1 and all freight needs to be received no later than June 16th. If, for any reason, you are unable to meet these required dates, or if you have other questions, please contact YRC Exhibit Services at 800-531-3976. They will make every effort to comply with your needs. A representative of YRC will be onsite to assist you with your shipping needs at the end of the competition on Thursday, June 23rd.

Discount Car Rentals

Discount car rentals are available. More information is available at

Parking at the Galt House

Self-parking at the Galt House is $10 a day and valet parking is $25 a day. FYI - There is a limited number of large vehicle parking spaces at the Galt House but other parking will be available nearby.

Contest Clothing Requirement

The clothing requirement for your contest is found in the Technical Standards. A copy was given to each winner. Please be sure to follow this exactly as you will receive a penalty for not having the proper clothing. Be sure to get the proper clothing beforehand as there is no guarantee that you will be able to purchase what you need at Nationals. Competition uniforms may be purchased at

There are also detailed specs on the shoes, please be sure you have the correct ones!

  • Shoes: No canvas, vinyl, plastic or leather athletic-type shoes, open-toe or open-heel shoes are permitted in any SkillsUSA Championships event without penalty. Contestants may be disqualified where improper footwear constitutes a health or safety hazard. When leather work shoes are required: “work shoes” are technically defined as low or high-top leather, lace-up shoes with rubber, skid-resistant soles. They can be steel- or nonsteel-toed. Work shoes can be purchased very inexpensively at any local department store and in most mail-order catalogs. Western-style (cowboy) boots are not allowed, except Roper-style boots that are all-leather, round-toed, flat soled, and with a low heel.

Please Note - All participants (students, observers, advisors and guests) need to wear Official Attire to the Opening and Awards Ceremonies. Official Attire is listed under Leadership Events on the official competition uniform chart.

Dress Code for All Participants

Registrants traveling as a group should remember that they are representing SkillsUSA and forming a public impression of the organization. When traveling, registrants are not required to wear official SkillsUSA attire, but they are encouraged to wear clothing with the SkillsUSA logo — for example, an embroidered polo shirt with khaki slacks. At all times, whether traveling or during the conference, registrants’ overall appearance should be clean and neat. Their attire should be appropriate for the occasion. Contestants must follow the clothing requirements in the official technical standards for their contests. During formal events such as the opening and awards ceremonies, official SkillsUSA attire is required.

Opening and Awards Ceremonies Attire

As an organization, we must portray a professional image to the business, industry, education and government representatives attending the opening and awards sessions. Official SkillsUSA attire should be worn to the opening ceremony. The national board of directors has ruled that students who come on stage during the awards ceremony be dressed in official SkillsUSA attire or SkillsUSA Championships work clothing. Students not wearing official SkillsUSA attire or Championships work clothing will not be allowed on stage. Other attire is not allowed, including jeans, shorts, T-shirts, tank tops, sneakers, boots and sandals. This rule will be enforced, and any awards earned will be presented backstage if the student is not dressed properly.

Official SkillsUSA Attire

  • Women: Red SkillsUSA blazer or black jacket, white blouse (collarless or small-collared), knee length black dress skirt or black dress slacks, black sheer (not opaque) or skin-tone seamless hose and black shoes
  • Men: Red SkillsUSA blazer or black jacket, white dress shirt, solid black tie, black dress slacks, plain black socks and black dress shoes.

SkillsUSA Night Attire and Information

For SkillsUSA Night, Thursday, June 23, at Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay, the dress code is as follows: all Michigan attendees are required to wear the Michigan SkillsUSA t- shirt. Bathing suits are needed for swimming at Hurricane Bay.

As with all SkillsUSA conference events, the official conference name badge/lanyard and holder are required for entrance, along with the Kentucky Kingdom admission ticket. One ticket per paid registrant will be provided.

National Conference

Monday, June 20th, 9am to Saturday, June 25th, 9am

Louisville, KY, United States

Louisville, KY