The mikeroweWORKS Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA, is proud to announce a new scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA members who have competed and placed first in their state association competition. Get the details here: www.skillsusa.org/supporters/mikerowe2.shtml. A total of 50 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. The application deadline is June 1.
For our guests who may need special assistance, Chuck’s Mobility Center in Kansas City, Missouri, has available for rent wheelchairs and motorized scooters during the conference. To receive more information, or to make a reservation, contact Chuck at 877-788-5275, or 913-859-0290 or www.chucksmobility.com. Weekly rental cost for scooters is $160 that includes delivery and pick up. Make sure to mention SkillsUSA for special pricing. Scooters will be delivered to SkillsUSA registration office in Room 2103A on Thursday, June 21, and picked up on Thursday, June 28. Scooters will not be allowed out of the Bartle Hall facility unless advance arrangements are made with the mobility company.
We encourage advisors and students to sign up to come to the NLSC as National Courtesy Corps members. There, they will be assisting in the setup and take-down and everything in between at the NLSC. This year, because of the change in days when the conference is held and the need for a rapid move-out, we will require many volunteers to assist in the effort to move out quickly.
We request members arrive on Wednesday, 6/20/12, by 5 p.m., so they can start to work on the contest areas on Thursday , 6/21/12. They will depart from conference on Thursday, 6/28/12. All NCC participants will be housed at Park University Campus in Parkville, Mo. This campus is about 12-15 minutes away from Bartle Hall. The advisors must supervise the students. SkillsUSA will develop an individual schedule for each student and advisor listing work assignments, breaks, free time, etc., and there will be a separate advisor session to review their duties and responsibilities. For more information about Courtesy Corps, please go to: www.skillsusa.org/events/courtesy.shtml. To register, go to www.smartreg.com/webreg/SKILLSUSA12/ and then follow the instructions for Volunteers-Courtesy Corps.
Don’t forget to register for Leverage, Activate and Engage conferences (formerly known as SkillsUSA Officer Training 101/201 and Advisor Training) by the June 1 deadline. Leverage is for state officers, Activate for chapter leaders and Engage is for advisors. Also, an exciting new element of the conferences is Dr. Tim Elmore, president of Growing Leaders, who will kick-off Leverage and Activate and facilitate a three-and-a-half-hour workshop with SkillsUSA advisors. Engage participants will attend the workshop as a part of their registration fee and others can attend for a $25 fee. Find out more about these conferences and register to attend: www.skillsusa.org/events/training.shtml.
We have posted many SkillsUSA Championships contest updates on our Web page. To view them, please visit: www.skillsusa.org/compete/updates.shtml and make sure the information gets to the national competitors.
There aren’t updates in every contest; just in some. If new information is presented about a contest, the information can be critical to a student’s competition. We request technical committee chairs complete contest updates by June 1st so the students can prepare. If they do add or change anything after June 1, we have to mail (by first-class mail) the information directly to the competitors.
If we don’t have a competitor’s home address in our records, the information will go to the state association director to be sent to the students. After June 1, please make all students should check their mail for any contest update information.
Parking passes for Municipal Auditorium Garage and Cathedral Parking Garage for conference week will be sold on-site only. The cost will be $50 for Municipal and $45 for Cathedral. Passes will be on sale in Lobby 2100 (north side of 13th Street), just outside the SkillsUSA Conference headquarters on the following days and times: Friday, June 22, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard and American Express are also accepted. A map of the immediate downtown area with other parking options will be provided. Please refer to the following link for more information: www.skillsusa.org/events/nlscparking.shtml.
SkillsUSA’s Amazing Race will take place on Monday, June 25, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in connection with TECHSPO during the NLSC in Kansas City. This program will be similar to the TV show where participants are challenged to perform various tasks and move quickly through the TECHSPO territory in order to learn more about exhibitors and win prizes. In addition, SkillsUSA’s Amazing Race will provide interactive fun for students and adults. The passport will be distributed through the state delegation conference materials distributed during the registration appointments at the beginning of the week. Participants will be challenged to follow clues and vendors’ requests to advance to the next exhibit booth. Once at the correct booth, participants must either perform a task or duty in order to qualify for a stamp on their passport cards. There are two roadblocks included in the race. After completing pit stops 1-11 (out of 12), the participant must report to the 12th and final destination and turn in the card at the last booth. The race will conclude at the SkillsUSA Alumni booth where membership will be encouraged. Prizes will be distributed at the alumni booth to participants who complete the race. There is a limited quantity of prizes, so it will be important to complete the race in a timely manner.
All SkillsUSA Championships competition clothing should be purchased through SkillsUSA’s officially licensed merchandiser, EGroup. If EGroup doesn’t offer some item of official competition clothing required by some contests (e.g., plain black slacks, culinary tunics), such items of competition clothing may be purchased from non-EGroup sources, but must comply with clothing rules set forth in the Technical Standards 2011-2012 or in the contest updates, if cited. Official competition clothing can be purchased at: www.skillsusastore.org/skillsusa/productthumbnails.asp.
Thanks to all our SkillsUSA Champions for a fantastic week at the National Leadership and Skills Conference.
Just a quick reminder, contestant scores can be found online along with the listing of medalists from this year’s competition. Medalists can also request a copy of the photos taken backstage. Visit www.skillsusa.org/compete/results.shtml for more information. Note: to retrieve your score, you must have your contestant number and date of birth. If you can’t remember your contestant number, contact your state association director.
This morning, more than 500 students are heading out into the greater Kansas City area to perform community service. This year, participating students and advisors will have the opportunity to work two different service projects, both of which will have a positive impact on the environment in the Kansas City community by planting trees and serving at a Kansas City food bank, which distributes as many as 66,000 meals a week. This community service event is sponsored by Timberland PRO, which has partnered with us at the national conference since 2002.
SkillsUSA University will be wrapping up today, and the delegates will have their last meetings and cast the final ballots for the students who will represent them as national officers for the upcoming school year.
Tonight, we head back to Kemper Arena for the Awards Ceremony, sponsored by Lowe’s. We will be honored to hear from Robert Wagner, Senior Vice President of Store Operations, Lowe’s. The winner of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle raffle will be announced, and the new national officers will be sworn in. And of course, SkillsUSA Champions will receive their gold, silver and bronze medals.
Awards Ceremony tickets are available at the booth outside of 2103A in Bartle Hall. The cost is $10. They will also be available for purchase at Kemper Arena.
Can’t make it? You can always watch the live stream courtesy of Lowe’s. Details are available here: www.skillsusa.org/events/nlscvideo.shtml.