Champions at Work!

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.