SkillsUSA Student Conferences
September 27-29, 2012
Truman Hotel & Conference Center
1510 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, Missouri
The purpose of this conference is to help the local members of SkillsUSA chapters to develop or improve their leadership skills and run a complete chapter. We use the program of work as our guide and do the planning for a full year.
SkillsUSA members have the opportunity to take part in many varied leadership activities during the conference. Each participant will have the opportunity to complete level 1-4 of the SkillsUSA Professional Development Program and earn the Missouri State Leadership Award. This Conference runs from Thursday night through Saturday morning.
October 22 - October 28, 2012
New World Inn
The Mid-America Conference is a leadership conference with training for State Officers and advisors with specifics on how to run a local chapter. The Conference is held yearly, the fourth weekend of October, at the New World Inn, Highway 30 & 81 South, Columbus, Nebraska, 68601, (800) 433-1492.
The Mid-America Leadership Conference began as the Region IV SkillsUSA Leadership Conference that held its first meeting at the Holiday Inn in Kearney, Nebraska in 1977. The states that make up Region IV are: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Texas. The states of Colorado, Illinois, Montana, Wisconsin and Wyoming also participate due to their past association with the conference.
Missouri SkillsUSA views the Mid-America Leadership Conference as an important step in the training process of officers and advisors. The Conference is based on the SkillsUSA Outstanding Chapter Guidelines. The participants work hard and learn more than they could imagine while having fun. The participants will return motivated. This Conference is designed to provide hands-on learning experiences and will aid all participants in running leadership activities. Participants will also gain valuable insight into other state and local SkillsUSA chapters and what they do.
A SkillsUSA District Fall Leadership Conference is usually held during November or December each year. This conference pulls together all the schools in that district to participate in a one-day training session for local club officers and develop a unified feeling about their SkillsUSA Districts.
June 24-28, 2013
Kansas City, Missouri
The SkillsUSA Missouri championships has been called the showcase of technical education. It recognizes career and technical education students who excel in their occupational areas, as well as leadership development activities that are such an integral part of the SkillsUSA program in the classroom.
The involvement of industry in the SkillsUSA Missouri championships 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 that are to be judged, determining the format of the contests and establishing the standards by which contestants will be judged.
Besides showcasing students' skills, the Missouri SkillsUSA 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.
To continue to meet the needs of both these potential employees and prospective employers, the lines of communication between technical education schools and industry must be kept open. Educators need to be able to identify industry's needs and, in turn, develop appropriate curricula.