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SkillsUSA Championships in Brief

The SkillsUSA Championships is the national-level competition for public high school and college/postsecondary technical students enrolled in career and technical education programs. SkillsUSA organizes this event, and it is considered the single greatest day of industry volunteerism in America annually at an estimated cost of more than $35 million. Each SkillsUSA Championships contestant is a state-level gold medalist.


Begun in 1967, the SkillsUSA Championships has grown from 54 competitors in three contests to more than 5,900 competitors in 98 hands-on skill and leadership contests this year. SkillsUSA adds contests to the SkillsUSA Championships to meet the demands of new and expanding occupations. SkillsUSA affiliated instructional programs represent 130 different occupational areas.

About SkillsUSA
Formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America), SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.

Dates/Times and Locations
Wednesday, June 26, and Thursday, June 27, 2013. (Some contests run two days. All skill contests run Thursday.) The Championships are held at H. Roe Bartle Hall, the Conference Center, Municipal Auditorium, downtown Marriott, downtown Crowne Plaza, the Muehlbach, Hotel Phillips and the American Royal Center, Kansas City, Missouri. The Championships is open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Best photo opportunities 10 a.m. to noon and 1 - 2 p.m.

Key Statistics

  • Expected contestants: over 5,900
  • Total contests: 98
  • Skilled and technical sciences contests: 63
  • Occupationally-related contests: 11
  • Leadership development contests: 18
  • Demonstration contests: 6
  • Contest judges: 1,100 from business and labor
  • Contest technical committee members: 654
  • Conference management team and national education team members: 389
  • Contest area covered: 787,482 square ft. (equivalent to the area of more than 16 football fields)
  • Awards to be presented: 1,159 medals will be awarded and more than 400 recognition awards will be given
  • Industry prizes support students’ employment or further education
  • SkillsUSA University seminars: 70
  • Total in-kind industry and education contributions (donated time, equipment and material): $36+ million
  • Total volunteer hours by technical committee members, courtesy corps, national education team, judges and alumni during the week: approximately 58,840 hours
  • Companies participating in the Career Fair: 15+
  • Hotel accommodations in Kansas City in 2012: 31,780 total room nights in 33 hotels at a 89.5% city-wide pick-up rate. SkillsUSA is the largest annual conference held in Kansas City with projected room nights in 2013 of 30,275 and economic impact of $16,273,500.

The Championships requires a massive amount of equipment and materials, including more than 1,000 computers, 50 trucks, 9,500 bricks and 1,500 blocks, 60 stoves, and complete laboratories for machining, welding, and auto repair and painting. The cost of electricity usage for this week in 2012 totaled over $120,000 (combined electric bill and in-kind services). More than 7,000 lunches are served to competitors and judges.

Skilled and Technical Sciences Contests (63)

  • 3-D Visualization and Animation
  • Advertising Design
  • Architectural Drafting
  • Audio/Radio Production
  • Automated Manufacturing Technology
  • Automotive Refinishing Technology
  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology
  • Basic Health Care Skills (high school only)
  • Broadcast News Production
  • Building Maintenance
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Carpentry
  • CNC Milling
  • CNC Turning
  • Collision Repair Technology
  • Commercial Baking
  • Computer Maintenance Technology
  • Computer Programming
  • Cosmetology
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dental Assisting
  • Diesel Equipment Technology
  • Digital Cinema Production
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electrical Construction Wiring
  • Electronics Technology
  • Esthetics
  • Firefighting
  • Graphic Communications
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Industrial Motor Control
  • Internetworking
  • Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology
  • Marine Service Technology
  • Masonry
  • Mechatronics
  • Medical Assisting
  • Mobile Robotics Technology
  • Motorcycle Service Technology
  • Nail Care
  • Nurse Assisting
  • Photography
  • Plumbing
  • Power Equipment Technology
  • Practical Nursing
  • Precision Machining Technology
  • Residential Systems Installation and Maintenance
  • Restaurant Service
  • Robotics and Automation Technology
  • Screen Printing Technology
  • Sheet Metal
  • TeamWorks
  • Technical Computer Applications
  • Technical Drafting
  • Telecommunications Cabling
  • Television (Video) Production
  • Web Design
  • Welding
  • Welding Fabrication
  • Welding Sculpture

Leadership Development Contests (18)

  • Action Skills
  • American Spirit
  • Chapter Business Procedure
  • Chapter Display
  • Community Service
  • Employment Application Process
  • Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Job Interview
  • Job Skill Demonstration A
  • Job Skill Demonstration Open
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Outstanding Chapter
  • Pin Design (State Conference)
  • Prepared Speech
  • Promotional Bulletin Board
  • Quiz Bowl
  • T-shirt Design

Occupationally-Related Contests (11)

  • Career Pathway Showcase
  • Customer Service
  • Engineering Technology/Design
  • Entrepreneurship
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Health Knowledge Bowl
  • Health Occupations Professional Portfolio
  • Medical Math
  • Medical Terminology
  • Principles of Engineering/Technology
  • Related Technical Math

Demonstration Contests (6)

  • Community Action Project
  • Graphics Imaging - Sublimation                            
  • Humanoid Robotics
  • Mobile Electronics Installation
  • Sustainability Solutions

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

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