Champions at Work!

March 16, 2020

To our SkillsUSA schools and teachers,

In light of the current health issues and concerns resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19), the SkillsUSA Minnesota Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 state conference and all of its associated events. While a variety of factors influenced this decision, be assured that the health and safety of our students and stakeholders is always our primary concern.

We realize the disappointment this will cause for so many of our dedicated students and teachers who worked hard throughout the year to get to this event. However, we also know that same dedication and work ethic — as well as so many other positive traits gained through SkillsUSA involvement — will help all of us weather this temporary storm and emerge stronger when this crisis inevitably clears.

For our participants who need to do so, please immediately cancel all hotel reservations and transportation arrangements. While a significant amount of money has been spent to purchase materials and supplies for the state conference, we feel that most of these items can be saved until next year. Membership dues are non-refundable, but it is our intention to refund all the state conference registration fees. Please allow 3-4 weeks for the refund checks to arrive at your school. If you have not paid the registration fees, please cancel all payment requests immediately. The national competition policy requires the competitors to be the first-place gold medalists from the state competition. Since we have no way to objectively select a “gold medalist,” for any of the contests, we will not be taking any competitors to the national conference event in June. The national organization has taken a “wait and see” attitude for the national conference, so there is no further word on the viability of a national conference.

Please remain connected with us on our state's website and on social media for more updates as they emerge and as we develop more specific responses and future plans to help offset the negative effects of this unprecedented occurrence.

Thank you for everything you do and for your continued support,

SkillsUSA Minnesota Board of Directors

About the Conference

The conference begins on Friday with students competing across 80+ contests designed to test their skills. Each competition is designed and run by representatives of respective industries, allowing students to gain a high degree of experience and insight. Afterward, students are invited to participate in various social activities designed to promote camaraderie!

The involvement of industry in the SkillsUSA Minnesota State Leadership and Skills Competition program is essential. Leadership, health, trade, industrial and technical experts donate their time to serve as contest judges and as technical committee members. They assume responsibility for selecting the skills to be judged, determining the format of the contests and establishing the standards by which the contestants will be judged.

The red jackets come out on Sunday as the conference ends with an Awards Ceremony. It is truly a sight to behold as students stand tall and proud of their accomplishments, connect with their future, and prepare to represent Minnesota on the national stage.

SkillsUSA Minnesota State Championships

The SkillsUSA Minnesota State Championships takes place in April every year and brings together nearly a thousand outstanding career and technical education students who compete hands-on in 80+ different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry. Leadership contestants will demonstrate skills including extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.

The SkillsUSA Minnesota state competition recognizes career and technical education students who excel in their occupational areas, and spotlights leadership development activities that are such an integral part of the SkillsUSA program.

The philosophy of the competition is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance, and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs. Contests directly follow technical standards established by industry each year.

Besides showcasing students’ skills, the SkillsUSA Minnesota State Championships, by the very nature of competition, urges students to take pride in their work. It also provides prospective employers with an opportunity to see dedicated, motivated potential employees at work.

Competition Clusters

Interested in sponsoring any part of the State Leadership and Skills Conference? Check out our Partners page for more information. Or are you interested in donating prizes? Fill out our Prize Donation Form.