NLSC Advisor Update June 2017

SkillsUSA Michigan

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

2017 NLSC Motor Coach Schedule

The 2017 NLSC Motor Coach Schedule is now posted at

2017 NLSC Conference App

Download the app for the 2017 NLSC. Search for "2017 SkillsUSA NLSC" at the Apple Store or Google Play Store. The 2017 SkillsUSA NLSC app gives you important National Leadership and Skills Conference information in the palm of your hand.

  • Explore the conference with live navigation that can direct you to/from a meeting room or to an exhibit booth
  • Create a personal schedule
  • Get information on session speakers and presenters
  • Get contestant meeting locations/times
  • Receive special conference alerts

App for SkillsUSA Championships Clothing and Tool Requirements

SkillsUSA and Pearson have launched a new SkillsUSA Championships app designed to support middle-school, high-school and postsecondary students as they compete in the program that showcases the nation’s best and brightest students in career and technical education.

For each contest, the new “SkillsUSA: Clothing and Tools” app includes an overview, clothing requirements, and eligibility and safety guidelines, as well as lists the specific tools, equipment or materials that contestants need to provide. The app is available now in both the Apple Store: and the Google Play Store:

NLSC Prep for Your Students: Get Ready for a Great Trip to the SkillsUSA National Conference

Ensure a great experience for your students by helping them prepare for SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky. Share the tips and best practices below so they 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 a SkillsUSA contestant or delegate, check to be sure you have the proper work uniform, SkillsUSA official attire for the opening and awards ceremonies, and all tools or equipment specified for your competition. 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 competition. Visit the website 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, 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 and state meetings
  • No backpacks or large tote bags are allowed in the opening and awards ceremonies at 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

5 Hour OHSA Card

CareerSafe has introduced a new, five-hour OSHA safety-card program called StartSafe StaySafe. The program provides students with basic safety-awareness training. This year at the SkillsUSA Championships, CareerSafe will offer all national contestants a free voucher for this new program. Students who complete it will receive a certificate. Topics covered include preventing falls, personal protective equipment, electrical safety, hazard communication, blood-borne pathogens, and other common workplace-safety principles that provide a basic foundation of practices.

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.

  • Monday evening at 7:00 pm - State Orientation Meeting and Contestant Leadership Testing. All contestants need to 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 Offers Three Entertainment Options for Attendees

Champions Night at Fourth Street Live! SkillsUSA Champions Night is returning to the national conference. Immediately following the Tuesday opening ceremony, attendees have the option to attend Champions Night at Fourth Street Live! The event begins at 9 p.m. and concludes at 11 p.m. A donation of $1 is being asked of attendees that will be used toward SkillsUSA’s Outdoor Leadership Park and Fire Pit at the National Leadership Center in Leesburg, Va. Kansas City’s Mikey Needleman Band will perform live.

SkillsUSA Night at the Bats Game on Wednesday, June 21, has been designated as SkillsUSA Night at the Louisville Bats Baseball Stadium. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m., and the Bats are playing the Columbus Clippers. The Bats Baseball Club is the Triple-A affiliate of the five-time World Series champion Cincinnati Reds. The game is located at Louisville’s Slugger Field, 401 E. Main St., Louisville, KY 40202. Every ticket carries a concession or gift shop value of $5 to be used during the game. All attendees with the special game ticket receive a free Bats baseball hat upon entrance. Additional tickets will be for sale, while supplies last, at the KEC North Wing Lobby information booths. For more game information, including rain-delay policies, go to:

SkillsUSA Night at Kentucky Kingdom On Thursday, June 22, from 6 p.m.-10 p.m., join all your SkillsUSA friends and colleagues at the Kentucky Kingdom. The park is open only to SkillsUSA attendees. Additional tickets are for sale in the North Wing Lobby for $20. Fun is required at the traditional night following the SkillsUSA Championships. A SkillsUSA logo shirt, appropriate attire and official conference badge are required for admittance to this private, SkillsUSA-only event. A $1 donation admission fee supports Feed Thy Neighbor, a Louisville program to help feed the homeless.

Give Back to Kentucky by Donating Blood During NLSC

There will be a blood drive as part of the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky. The drive, sponsored by the Kentucky Blood Center, will be held Thursday, June 22, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The bloodmobile will be parked at the outdoor section of SkillsUSA TECHSPO.

To schedule an appointment ahead of time, call 800-775-2522. All donors will receive a T-shirt for donating. Donors 18 and older will be entered into a drawing for a brand-new SUV (the winner will be chosen at the end of the summer). Note: Donors must weigh no less than 110 pounds and must be at least 17 years of age. A state-licensed photo ID is required at the time of donation.

Your blood donation may be the only match for a patient’s unique need. Please donate so that when your specific type is needed, it will be on the hospital shelf, ready to save a life. When you donate with Kentucky Blood Center, your blood stays in Kentucky for patients in local hospitals.

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 for these text messages.

  • To receive messages via text, text @2017minc to 81010. You can optout of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe @2017minc'. Trouble using 81010? Try texting @2017minc 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.

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. Contest freight must use a blue label.

To schedule p/u, track shipments, and shipping documents Go to,

YRC will start receiving freight on May 1 and all freight needs to be received no later than June 16.

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 will be onsite to assist you with your shipping needs at the end of the competition on Thursday, June 22, at the championships office trailer, East Wing.

Note: For lightweight package shipments (70 lbs. or less), please use United Parcel Service (UPS) and ship them directly to your hotel. Mark the package(s), “Hold for Arrival” and your name. Please do not ship to YRC Freight.

Freight that is 12 feet or longer in length cannot be shipped to the YRC terminal. Contact SkillsUSA for instructions on direct shipments to the event site.

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 $18 a day and valet parking is $30 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 apparel and accessories 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 Session 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, 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, white dress shirt, solid black tie, black dress slacks, plain black socks and black dress shoes.

National Leadership and Skills Conference

Monday, June 19th, 9am to Saturday, June 24th, 11am

Louisville, KY, United States

Louisville, KY