America’s Highly Skilled Workforce Meets in Louisville

SkillsUSA will come to Louisville, Ky., June 25-29 for its 54th 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 18,000 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 27-28 with 102 hands-on skill and leadership competitions. Download the full press kit.

Dates and Locations:
June 25-29
Kentucky Exposition Center
Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport
Kentucky Regional Fire Training Academy

SkillsUSA Media Room:
June 25-29
Room E-2, Kentucky Exposition Center (North Lobby)
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Phone: 502-815-6716

Conference Attendance:
Total attendance: 18,000
Student contestants: 6,500
Voting delegates: 421
Registered observers: 1,390
SkillsUSA advisors (instructors): 2,923
National education team members: 550
Contest technical committee members: 707
Contest judges: 1,100
SkillsUSA TECHSPO Trade Show: 142 booths
Exhibitors: 689
VIP guests: 650
National Courtesy Corps: 150
Volunteers: 1,500
Family, friend and general public: 1,500

SkillsUSA University Seminars:
Dates: June 27-29
Location: Kentucky Exposition Center
Opening Ceremony:
Date: June 26 at 7 p.m.
Location: Freedom Hall, Kentucky Exposition Center Speaker: Brad Keselowski, NASCAR driver
Sponsors: Snap-on Incorporated and
Toyota Motor North America

SkillsUSA Championships:
Date: June 27-28, 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

Student Community Service Projects:
Blood Drive: June 28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: bloodmobile at SkillsUSA TECHSPO outdoors
Sponsor: Kentucky Blood Center
Community Service Events: June 29, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: various sites around Louisville community
Sponsors: CBRE, Enterprise Holdings, Ferguson
Enterprises, John Deere, Lowe’s Companies Inc. and
U.S. Coast Guard

Awards Ceremony:
Date: June 29 at 5 p.m.
Location: Freedom Hall, Kentucky Exposition Center
Sponsor: 3M

SkillsUSA Contacts

Jane DeShong Short
June 24-29 media room 502-815-6716
After hours: 502-637-4500
Email: jshort@skillsusa.org
Prior to 6/25 and after 7/1 contact 703-737-0612

Karen Kitzel
June 24-29 media room 502-815-6716
After hours: 502-753-5555
Email: kkitzel@skillsusa.org
Prior to 6/25 and after 7/1 contact 703-737-0607

Robyn Sekula, Louisville Media
Prior to June 25: 502-608-6125
Email: robynds@live.com

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