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55th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference set for June 24-28 in Louisville

The 55th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) is set for June 24 through June 28 in Louisville, showcasing the very best in career and technical education for the skilled trades.

This marks the fifth straight year that the NLSC — the world’s largest hands-on skills competition — has been held in Louisville.

The 55th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference will be held June 24 through June 28 in Louisville.

SkillsUSA is the third-largest convention for the city, with an estimated economic impact of $26.7 million. Louisville Tourism estimates total hotel room nights for the week at more than 36,987. More than 19,000 students, teachers and education leaders are expected to attend.

The cornerstone of NLSC is the SkillsUSA Championships, when more than 6,400 students will compete in 103 hands-on skill and leadership competitions, including additive manufacturing, CNC machining, robotics, engineering technology, auto service, smart home technology, construction, welding, graphic design, photography, cosmetology, esthetics and the medical sciences. Each contestant is a first-place winner in his or her state’s SkillsUSA competition. In Kentucky and Indiana, contests were held in April.

Other conference highlights include:

• An expanded “Makerspace” area focusing on manufacturing and sponsored by GE Appliances.

• The “Build Skills – Do Good – Complete the Cycle” community service project, where an expected 400 SkillsUSA students will assemble bicycles on-site at the conference and present them to Louisville youth.

• Official introduction of the WorldSkills USA team, 22 young competitors who will represent the United States at the largest international showcase of the skilled trades in Kazan, Russia, in August.

• The SkillsUSA TECHSPO trade show, one of the largest technical trade shows in America with 150 exhibits.

The conference officially kicks off on June 25 at 7 p.m. in Freedom Hall with a keynote speech by Team Rubicon COO Art delaCruz. Team Rubicon is a nonprofit disaster response organization that uses the skills of military veterans to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.

The majority of SkillsUSA Championships events will be held on the 1.4 million-square-foot contest floor at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Some contests also will take place at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport, and the firefighting championships will be held at the Kentucky Regional Fire Training Academy. The competitions are free and open to the public 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on June 26 and June 27.

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