National Leadership and Skills Conference

SkillsUSA heads to Louisville, Ky., June 25-29, 2018, for the 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. More than 16,000 people — including students, teachers and business partners — are expected to participate in the weeklong event.

Before the conference technically begins, experiences for students and advisors include Activate, Leverage and Engage. Intense and rewarding, these three events cover individual, group and interactive leadership training.

On Tuesday, the Opening Ceremony is the first official conference event.

Delegate sessions for middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students are conducted by the national officers. The sessions provide a platform to conduct the organization’s official business, elect student leaders and recognize state association voting delegates.

SkillsUSA University  is a program of educational seminars available to all participants Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. SkillsUSA TECHSPO returns to the conference as a whole new experience and is now located on the competition floor. Look for products available to purchase from SkillsUSA’s sponsors and vendors in both indoor and outdoor exhibits.

The SkillsUSA Championships will be held on Wednesday and Thursday. More than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students –– all state contest winners –– will compete hands-on in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry. Leadership contestants will demonstrate skills including extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure. The competitions will be open to the public and free of charge.

The week caps off with the Awards Ceremony, which takes place on Friday evening at KEC’s Freedom Hall.

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Photo ID Requirements to Change for Flights to NLSC — Nine States Affected

Beginning Jan. 22, travelers from nine states will no longer be able to fly with only their driver’s licenses for their identification. Residents of Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington will have to use alternate ID forms (passport, military ID or permanent resident card) to pass TSA security checkpoints — even for domestic travel. The reason is because driver’s licenses from these nine states do not meet the federal government’s minimum-security standards. For states to pass these standards, they must verify every ID applicant’s identity, put anti-counterfeit technology in the production of the card and conduct background checks on those who issue driver’s licenses.

Starting in January, passengers with a driver’s license issued by a state that is still not compliant with the REAL ID Act will need to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel to board their flight. This will affect students and advisors traveling to the 2018 National Leadership and Skills Conference, so please plan accordingly.

For more information, go to: www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs