SkillsUSA Indiana June

SkillsUSA: 50 Years of Champions at Work

National Information!

#1- Code of Conduct forms are on the state website under Conference info- National tab. Please have those signed and ready when you register at Nationals on Monday June 22nd, 2015! *** I need all advisor/chaperone cell numbers for a contact list. These numbers will not be given to students but for advisors/hotel staff/SkillsUSA Indiana staff for emergency information. Please email it to me ASAP.

#2- Make sure you have a copy of your tech standards NOW

#3- Your competitors must have a one page resume’ that they will turn in at their contest orientation. If they do not have it points are deducted.

#4- Make sure you have the required uniform/attire for the contest (which is stated on the tech standards). DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO ORDER THE REQUIRED UNIFORMS… THEY HAVE TO BE SHIPPED OR THEY ONLY HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER IN THE SKILLS STORE AT NATIONALS. Make sure you check your tools and materials needed.

#5- Check frequently the national website,, for contest updates.

#6- Advisors have an ATTIRE for Opening and Awards ceremony! Black pants, white shirts, black socks and shoes. If you do not follow this attire you will be asked to leave the Indiana section and sit in the guest seating. Remember you are a role model for your students, you are representing your school and our state. They follow what you do, so please follow the attire requirements for these two ceremonies. Thank you!

#7- As soon as I get the confirmed agenda for the week from Nationals I will get it out to you.

Events other than your competitions and orientations: Tentative Schedule

  • Monday Registration at the Hotel- Breckenridge Inn Please arrive no later than 6 pm.
  • Monday- Welcome dinner/meetings begins at 7 pm ... all must to attend for important information and competitors will take PDT... and other FUN activities.
  • Tuesday- Evening activity Opening Ceremony at 7:00 pm in Freedom Hall (will verify bus schedule as soon as I receive it)
  • Wednesday- Evening activity- Louisville Zoo (will have ONLY 50 tickets available at registration)
  • Thursday- Evening Activity- Kentucky Kingdom for all
  • Friday- Evening Activity- Awards Ceremony at 6:00 pm Freedom Hall and Champions Reception/dinner immediately after in the Kentucky Exposition Center


See you soon!

NLSC Prep for Your Students: Be Prepared for a Great Trip to the SkillsUSA National Conference in Louisville, KY!

You can ensure a great experience for your students by helping them to get prepared for the conference. Share the tips and best practices below with your students so that everyone can be well on their way to a great trip!

  • Be sure you know your travel schedule and trip details. If in doubt, check with your advisor well before departure day.
  • If you are a SkillsUSA contestant or delegate, check to be sure you have the proper work uniform, SkillsUSA official attire for the Awards Ceremony, and all tools or equipment specified for your contest. If you need clothing or tools, acquire these items well ahead of time.
  • Rules and requirements are different for national events than for state events and can change year to year. Be sure you have the latest rules for your contest. Visit our Web site at for the latest SkillsUSA contest updates and conference information. If you would like a copy of the rules for any contest, purchase them online from

Planning and Packing - Tips for Students:

  • Take the time to think through what you will need on your trip, and then pack accordingly.
  • Leave your itinerary with family
  • Tag your luggage inside and out
  • Bring a mobile phone
  • Bring your mobile phone charger
  • Have your advisor’s mobile phone number
  • Carry your medical insurance card
  • Bring a list of family phone numbers
  • Leave expensive jewelry at home
  • Bring an alarm clock
  • If you take prescription medicine, bring a supply with you
  • Bring some extra cash for emergencies
  • Bring two pairs of comfortable shoes
  • Write down your schedule for the week including any meetings, contest times, state meetings, etc.
  • No backpacks or large tote bags are allowed in Freedom Hall.

Dress Code for Award Winners to be Strictly Enforced:

  • Photos of medalist and industry supporters are used in trade and SkillsUSA publications. It’s important that all members demonstrate their professionalism by looking the part. Therefore, the national Board of Directors has ruled that all contestants receiving medals at the ceremony must be dressed in official SkillsUSA attire or SkillsUSA Championships work clothing.
Winners who are dressed inappropriately will not be allowed on stage. Other attire, jeans, T-shirts, sneakers, boots and sandals are not allowed. Please leave behind any cameras, purses, hats and blinking lights.

DOE/CTE: Indiana High School Diploma Survey

Please go to:

As part of the Indiana Career Council, the Core 40 subcommittee was established in 2014 per IC 20-19-6-9 to examine the current Core 40 diploma offerings and make recommendations to the SBOE, which may include:

  • Changing course requirements for the Core 40 diploma
  • Changing the types of diplomas offered in Indiana
  • Analysis of need in Indiana for a CTE diploma and/or CTE offerings

Over the past several months, and through the chairmanship of both Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and Commissioner of Higher Education Teresa Lubbers, a large committee made up of stakeholders representing business and industry, higher education, school administration, K-12 educators, special educators, and CTE directors has developed the following proposed draft of diploma requirements to be implemented with the freshman class of 2018-2019. Please take a moment to review the drafts and then take the survey that follows. The survey will be open through June 30, 2015.

We appreciate your feedback!

Free plasma cutting curriculum and grant program from Hypertherm

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Hypertherm’s Plasma Cutting Technology: Theory and Practice covers the plasma cutting process, common industrial uses for plasma systems, the differences between various cutting methods, safety procedures, as well as proper setup and operation. Electronic versions of each lesson, a facilitator’s guide, student workbook, and supporting reference material are all available at

Safelite® AutoGlass in Partnership with SkillsUSA

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