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America's Highly Skilled
Work Force Meets In Kansas City

SkillsUSA will return to Kansas City June 23-27, 2014 for its 50th 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 600 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 and 26 with 99 hands-on skill and leadership competitions.


Dates and Locations:
June 23 - June 27, 2014
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: 6,000+
Voting delegates: 550+
Registered observers: 1,200+
SkillsUSA advisors: 2,600+
National education team members: 318
Contest technical committee members: 654
Conference management team members: 72
Contest Judges: 1,100
TECHSPO Exhibits: 130 Staffed by: 600
VIP Guests: 300
Courtesy Corps: 150
Alumni volunteers: 60
Family & friends: 1,150
Public at large: 500

SkillsUSA Media Room:
June 22 - June 27
Location: Bartle Hall Room 2104A
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
June 26, hours: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Opening Ceremony and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony:
Date: June 25 at 7 p.m.
Location: Kemper Arena with expected attendance of 12,000 students, teachers and supporters
Speakers: Chris Fischer, CEO of Fischer Productions and OCEARCH; Cameron Ferguson, Caterpillar Inc.
Opening Ceremony sponsored by Caterpillar Inc.

SkillsUSA Championships:
Date: June 25 & 26, 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 (63 Workshops)
Date: June 24 - June 26
Location: The Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel
and H. Roe Bartle Hall

Community Service Projects sponsored by GOJO Industries, Inc.
Date: June 27:
Hours: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Community Blood Center Blood Drive
Date: June 27
Location: Bartle Hall, Room 2105
Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Awards Ceremony
Date: June 27 at 6 p.m.
Location: Kemper Arena
Speaker: Troy Dally, Sr. VP, Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Expected attendance: more than 12,500
Awards 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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