America’s Highly Skilled Workforce Meets in Louisville

SkillsUSA will come to Louisville June 24-28 for its 55th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference, the world’s largest showcase of skilled trades. Quality career and technical education will be the centerpiece of the conference. More than 19,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and representatives from 600 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions will participate. The highlight will be the annual SkillsUSA Championships on June 26-27 with 103 hands-on skill and leadership competitions.

Dates and Locations
June 24-28
Kentucky Exposition Center
Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport
Kentucky Regional Fire Training Academy

SkillsUSA Media Room
June 22-28
Room E-2, Kentucky Exposition Center (North Lobby)
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.  Phone: 502-815-6716

Conference Attendance
Total estimated attendance for the week: 19,000
Student contestants: 6,500
Voting delegates: 419
Registered observers: 1,280
SkillsUSA advisors (instructors): 1,476
National education team members: 350
Contest technical committee members: 675
Contest judges: 1,100
SkillsUSA TECHSPO trade show: 150 booths
Exhibitors: 700
VIP guests: 650
National Courtesy Corps: 150
Volunteers: 1,700
Family, friends and general public: 4,000

SkillsUSA University Seminars
Dates: June 25-27
Location: Kentucky Exposition Center\

Opening Ceremony
Date: June 25 at 7 p.m.
Location: Freedom Hall, Kentucky Exposition Center Speaker: Art delaCruz, Team Rubicon
Sponsors: Snap-on Incorporated and Toyota Motor North America

SkillsUSA Championships
Date: June 26-27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Locations: Kentucky Exposition Center
Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport
Kentucky Regional Fire Training Academy
Contests are open to the public and free of charge

Community Service Event
Date: June 28, 9-11:30 a.m
Location: South Wing C Lobby
Kentucky Exposition Center
Sponsors: CBRE, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, Rogers, Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance and U.S. Coast Guard

Blood Drive
Date: June 27, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: bloodmobile at North Wing entrance
Sponsor: Kentucky Blood Center

Awards Ceremony
Date: June 28 at 5 p.m.
Location: Freedom Hall, Kentucky Exposition Center
Sponsor: 3M

Download the 2019 National Leadership and Skills Conference Press Kit.

SkillsUSA Contacts

Jane A. DeShong Short, Program Manager
Public Relations/Communications
June 23-28 media room: 502-815-6716
After hours: 502-637-4500
jshort@skillsusa.org
Prior to 6/20 and after 6/30, contact: 703-737-0612

Karen Kitzel, Associate Director
Public Relations/Communications
June 23-28 media room: 502-815-6716
After hours: 502-753-5555
kkitzel@skillsusa.org
Prior to 6/20 and after 6/30, contact: 703-737-0607

Amy Higgs, Louisville Media
Prior to June 24: 502-552-2140
Email: amy@write-is-might.com

The media room is in Room E-2, Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville