SkillsUSA heads to Atlanta this year for the National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC) on June 20–24. SkillsUSA’s NLSC presents a weeklong workforce development event. More than 12,000 career and technical education (CTE) students and teachers will attend. Attendees are selected by their states to be part of an official delegation of competitors, voting delegates and national officer candidates. Others will attend to participate in professional development and leadership training.
“SkillsUSA is excited to return to our in-person NLSC while launching an exciting new era for the event in Atlanta,” said Chelle Travis, SkillsUSA executive director. “The move to Atlanta aligns with our goal of taking the conference to next-level success while providing the best possible experience. This event is much more than a conference or convention. It’s an inspiring showcase of America’s next generation of career-ready workers and leaders.”
The SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference showcases the multi-faceted nature of CTE.
State champions in 108 unique career competition events — including 3D Animation, Prepared Speech, and Welding — will compete in the SkillsUSA Championships. National winners will receive bronze, silver and gold medals. Simultaneously held alongside the competitions will be SkillsUSA TECHSPO. There, attendees will find more than 150 exhibitors from education and industry eager to connect with CTE students.
The conference also features a full schedule of professional development, leadership training and industry-specific seminars. Recognition is a focus of the event, including a national Advisor of the Year being named and the top three SkillsUSA chapters honored as 2022 Models of Excellence for best exemplifying student-led learning through the SkillsUSA Framework. Three general sessions, delegate meetings, national officer elections and a student-led community service project will round out the week. Pre-conference training includes tracks for student leaders and teachers.
SkillsUSA, a non-profit partnership of students, teachers and industry founded in 1965, is one of the largest student groups in the nation, and this event is expected to grow year to year through 2026 while in Atlanta. This year marks the first in-person NLSC since 2019. Attendees should register through their state association or call 844-875-4557 for assistance.