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America's Highly Skilled
Work Force Meets In Kansas City

SkillsUSA will return to Kansas City June 24-28, 2013 for its 49th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference, a showcase of career and technical education students. Quality career and technical education will be the centerpiece of the conference. More than 15,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and representatives from more than 1,100 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions will participate in the event. A special highlighted event will be the annual SkillsUSA Championships June 25, 26 and 27 with 98 hands-on skill and leadership competitions.


Dates and Locations:
June 24 - June 28, 2013
Kansas City, Mo.
H. Roe Bartle Conference Center, Kansas City Convention Center
American Royal/Kemper Arena
Municipal Auditorium
The Marriott, Hotel Phillips and the Crowne Plaza

Conference Attendance:
Total attendance: 15,000+
Student contestants: 5,900+
Voting delegates: 600+
Registered observers: 1,200+
SkillsUSA advisors: 2,600+
National education team members:  319
Contest technical committee members:  654
Conference management team members:  70
Contest Judges: 1,100
TECHSPO Exhibits: 130, staffed by: 600
VIP guests: 300
Courtesy Corps: 139
Alumni volunteers: 60
Family & friends: 1,150
Public at large: 500

SkillsUSA Media Room:
June 23 - June 28
Location:  Bartle Hall Room 2104A
Hours:  8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
June 27, hours:  7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Opening Ceremony and Ribbon-
Cutting Ceremony:
Date: June 26 at 7 p.m.
Location: Kemper Arena with expected attendance of 11,000 students, teachers and supporters
Speakers: Dave Bozeman, VP of Manufacturing, Caterpillar Inc., Nick Pinchuk, CEO, Snap-on Inc. and Mike Rowe, mikeroweWORKS and former host of Discovery Channel’s "Dirty Jobs,"
Opening Ceremony sponsored by Caterpillar Inc.

SkillsUSA Championships:
Date: June 25, 26 and 27, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location:  Bartle Hall/Municipal Auditorium, downtown Marriott, Crowne Plaza, the Muehlbach, The Hotel Phillips and American Royal
Expected attendance: 15,000
These events are open to the public and free of charge.

SkillsUSA University Seminars (75 Workshops)
Date: June 24 - June 26
Location: The Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel and H. Roe Bartle Hall

Timberland PRO Community Service Event
Hours: 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Community Blood Center Blood Drive
June 28, Bartle Hall, Room 2105
Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Alumni Champions 5K Run
Date: June 27 at 9 a.m.
Location: Parkville Nature Sanctuary, located at Missouri Highway 9 and 12th Street in Parkville, Mo.

5K Champions Run
June 24 at 9 a.m. at English Landing Park.

Awards Ceremony
Location: Kemper Arena
Speaker: Troy Dally, Senior VP of Building and Outdoor Products, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Expected attendance: more than 12,500
Closing Ceremony sponsored by Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

For More Information:
Thomas W. Holdsworth, Director
Communications/Government Relations
703-737-0607 • FAX: 703-777-8999

Jane A. DeShong Short, Program Manager
Communications/Government Relations
703-737-0612 • FAX: 703-777-8999

Deb Reynolds, Kansas City Media Chair
Prior to June 23: 913-334-4205 •  Cell: 913-226-4501

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