State Director’s Message for June 7, 2017
Greetings! Time has really flown by and we are just under two weeks from our national conference in Louisville, Kentucky. All conference preparations have been completed including: the airline ticketing process is finalized and paid, the hotel room assignments are completed, the catering orders are done, the conference registrations are finalized and paid, the Louisville Bats baseball game tickets have been ordered and paid for those that pre-ordered tickets during conference registration, the passes for Churchill Downs have been ordered and paid for those that would like to watch the last official horse races of the season, our Utah t-shirts and trading pins have been ordered and received, plus a few other items that will be a surprise at the conference. When you see a member of the SkillsUSA Utah state staff at the national conference, be sure to thank them for their significant conference preparation efforts.
National Conference Reminders/Items:
We will be communicating through our State Website (http://www.utahskillsusa.org) FREQUENTLY!
Please check it often! Especially the NLSC Page!
The SkillsUSA Utah NLSC Page can be found:
We are staying at the Clarion Hotel Conference Center Louisville North, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, Indiana 47129. I know it says Indiana. This hotel is right across the Ohio river from Louisville and is closer to the Kentucky Expo Center (KEC) than our hotel last year. The hotel people have been amazing this year and they are anxious to make our conference stay a memorable one, in a good way!
If you want to check out the hotel website go to:
Flight Itinerary information and Instructions can be found on our State Website 2017 NLSC Page:
I hope all students and advisors have been checking the national website conference page for Contest Updates. Most competitions will have at least one update listed with contest details and instructions. Link to Contest Updates:
Every student competitor must wear the appropriate competition clothing during their national contest events. Many competitions require this official clothing at the pre-contest orientation meeting too. I strongly recommend that every student wear their competition clothing to the pre-contest meeting, just to be safe. If you do not have the proper clothing, you will not win a medal at the national conference.
For each contest, the new “SkillsUSA: Clothing and Tools” app includes an overview, clothing requirements, and eligibility and safety guidelines, as well as lists the specific tools, equipment or materials that contestants need to provide. It is offered completely free of charge for students, instructors and SkillsUSA business partners.
The app is available now in both the Apple Store: http://apple.co/2dtlb8d and the Google Play Store: http://bit.ly/2e5fRec.
Every student competitor must have a printed professional resume’ to turn in at the pre-contest meeting. Failure to submit a resume’ will result in a deduction of points.
The equipment trailer drop-off schedule can be found at:
Ms. Madison Whitney, a past state officer who is currently enrolled at Dixie State University is running for a college/post-secondary national officer position. When her official campaign begins at the national conference, we all need to provide support for this amazing young woman. She will be a fantastic national officer.
Condensed Conference Agenda:
A simplified/condensed national conference agenda can be found at:
2017 NLSC Program:
An electronic copy of the 2017 National Leadership and Skills Conference program is available at:
*We strongly encourage those with Smart Phones to download the 2017 SkillsUSA NLSC App. You can sign up for everything specific to your contest, in addition to access to everything about the conference. You can find it by going to either Google Play or the Apple Store and searching ‘2017 SkillsUSA NLSC’.
Thank you all for your efforts and dedication to prepare for this national competition event. Remember, we are going to Louisville for one purpose: To provide the students an opportunity to test their skills at the highest level of national competition. We expect every student to prepare and perform at their maximum ability, and to avoid all distractions. We expect every advisor and guest to support the students in this effort. We will graciously accept the results, whatever they are. We expect nothing more. We demand nothing less! I truly appreciate all that you do!
SkillsUSA Utah State Director
Date: April 4, 2017
TO: SkillsUSA National Contestants, Advisors, CTE Directors and Parents
FROM: Richard Wittwer - SkillsUSA Utah State Director
SUBJECT: SKILLSUSA NATIONAL LEADERSHIP & SKILLS CONFERENCE
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, JUNE 19 - JUNE 24, 2017
INDIVIDUALS INVITED TO ATTEND THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION PROCEDURE:
*CHANGED FROM PREVIOUS YEARS! PLEASE READ!*
*CAN ONLY BE COMPLETED BY ADVISORS AND CTE ADMINISTRATORS* ON THE NATIONAL SKILLSUSA WEBSITE BY FRIDAY, APRIL 21ST, 2017.
4318 West 1275 South
Cedar City, Utah 84720
Students and participants will not be considered “registered” for the national conference
until the 4 Steps Above have been completed.
An NLSC Form 1 must be completed for every person attending the national conference, including family and friends who desire to be full participants at the conference. Form 1 can be found by:
FLIGHT & HOTEL ACCOMMODATION DEVIATIONS:
A ‘Deviation’ is considered a special request for different travel/hotel dates, times, and locations other than those provided by SkillsUSA Utah as part of our pre-booked Group Flight and Group Hotel Block.
DATES AND DEADLINES
Our only source of contact information for students, advisors, and administrators is the SkillsUSA National Website. If your Form 1 information is not complete or accurate, specifically phone numbers and email addresses, there is a very high probability that you will miss out on some valuable information that comes through the state director to the individual students and/or advisors. PLEASE make sure that the Form 1 information for both you and your students is complete, current and accurate.
*We will also be utilizing our State Website (http://www.utahskillsusa.org) as a form of communication. Please check it regularly.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE HOTEL
*DIFFERENT HOTEL THIS YEAR!*
HOTEL: Clarion Hotel Conference Center Louisville North
HOTEL ROOM ASSIGNMENTS:
NATIONAL CONFERENCE AIR TRAVEL
Our travel agent has completed the group air travel reservations for all SkillsUSA Utah participants traveling to the national conference. The actual flight assignments will be completed after all conference registration documents and payments have been received by FRIDAY, APRIL 21ST, 2017.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE COSTS BREAKDOWN
All inquiries concerning registration, housing, and travel must be directed to Richard Wittwer at email@example.com or 435-590-8386. (Email is preferred)
2017 NLSC CONTESTANT INSTRUCTIONS
2017-2018 Technical Standards:
All contestants and advisors must carefully study and understand the rules and regulations that pertain to your contest as shown in the Skills USA Championships Technical Standards for 2017-2018. If you don’t have access the 2017-2018 Technical Standards, they are available online through your advisor via his/her paid professional membership on the National Website.
All updates to the National Conference contests are posted on the national website: http://www.skillsusa.org.
FOLLOW-UP FOR VERIFICATION OF CONFERENCE INFORMATION
2017 SKILLSUSA NLSC BASIC SCHEDULE
Here is a very basic schedule for the week we are in Louisville. A detailed schedule will be provided as soon as it is available from the national office.
We are going to Louisville for one purpose: To provide the students an opportunity to test their skills at the highest level of national competition. We expect every student to prepare and perform at their maximum ability, and to avoid all distractions. We expect every advisor and guest to support the students in this effort. We will graciously accept the results, whatever they are. We expect nothing more. We demand nothing less!
Thanks for another wonderful state conference event. Once again, your remarkable students demonstrated outstanding skills and dedication. I am very excited to accompany these young people and their advisors to the national conference for the next level of competition at the 2017 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
NEW PROCESSES! PLEASE READ AND VERIFY YOUR REGISTRATION WAS PROCESSED CORRECTLY:
After a review of the national conference registrations completed so far, I want to make sure that all advisors are aware of the required national conference registration steps. In order to be considered “registered,” there are numerous details that must be completed throughout the registration process on the national website.
Please pay close attention to the following steps for every participant:
for your efforts in this matter.
A few post-state conference notes:
I appreciate those advisors that provided feedback and proposed solutions for concerns following the state conference event.
We have discussed these items and will take the appropriate actions to improve the state conference experience for all participants.
Thank you all for your efforts and precious time dedicated to this event and the SkillsUSA Organization. I truly appreciate all that you do!
SkillsUSA Utah State Director
See Attached (Also Hyperlinked to our Website)
OFFICIAL CONTEST CLOTHING:
Just a reminder to have every contestant in the appropriate SkillsUSA clothing at the state conference. Refer to your individual contest in the 2017-18 National Technical Standards if you need clarification on clothing requirements. Clothing penalties will be assessed for improper contest clothing.
SLCC CAMPUS POLICIES:
Our wonderful hosts at Salt Lake Community College have asked me to remind all participants of the visitor policies that will be enforced during the state conference.
All Education Team Leaders are required to attend the Ed Team Leader Luncheon and mandatory meeting held in the SLCC Main Campus Student Center, Room 130 at 1:00 pm on Thursday, March 23rd. We will share a buffet lunch, discuss contest concerns, and distribute name badge packets / judge appreciation gifts.
Once again, we will be going paperless at the state conference, which means the contest updates, conference agenda, bus schedule, SLCC campus maps, contest schedule/building/room assignments, awards program, etc. are only available on our state website on our ULSC Page by CLICKING HERE
ALTERNATES/SUBSTITUTIONS: The substitutions procedure this year will be different than previous years:
MODELS: Models will not be required to register for contests this year. Contestants that need a model will need to remember to bring someone with them. It is preferred that the model be a Member of SkillsUSA, but it is not required.
LATE MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION POLICY:
We have had a few requests to utilize students registered as Members after March 1st, 2017 as Substitutions. They do not allow this on the National Level. However, we MAY allow them to compete on the State Level with the following Understanding:
We have posted every campus map that we could find available for all contests locations on our ULSC page on our State Website. You can access them by
To view contest updates you can:
All Contest Updates for the 2017 SkillsUSA Utah Leadership and Skills Competition will be posted through this Page. On the right side of the page you can sign up to receive emails whenever a Contest is Updated. This will sign you up to receive emails for ALL contests. There is not a way to subscribe to a specific contest. If you do not want to receive emails, just check the page on your own, and often.
To view updates, click on the name of a specific contest to view updates for that contest. You can also Search for updates containing key words in the ‘Search’ box.
CONTEST STATUS SHEET - (This is the list of contests with the locations and times.)
The list of state conference contests and the proposed contest sites as presently constituted are available on the State Website ULSC Page by:
‘GENERAL’ STATE CONFERENCE AGENDA
The ‘General’ State Conference Agenda is available by:
This year we will be providing bus service to the following state conference contest locations. The SLCC Miller Campus, the SLCC Meadowbrook Campus, Granite Technical Institute, SLCC South City Campus and East High School and Mountainlands ATC.
VERY IMPORTANT: If your contest is not held at the SLCC Taylorsville/Redwood campus or one of the locations listed above, it is the responsibility of the advisor/school/district to provide transportation to and from the contest site! This includes contest sites at Ogden Weber ATC, Davis ATC, Utah Valley University, the Iron Workers Training Center, etc. Please plan accordingly.
We have added some buses to our bus routes.
The bus schedule can be found by: (JENNIFER WILL SEND TO ME MON 3/13 AFTER 10AM)
STUDENT OFFICER APPLICATIONS:
Please invite any students and/or contestants wishing to run as a Student Officer to fill out our online application by:
The Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship award is a $1,000 scholarship plus stipend for travel to be recognized either at a state event or NLSC.
Qualifications: must be a current SkillsUSA State Officer and a high school senior or non-senior college post-secondary student. The award is paid directly to the post-secondary institution and must be claimed by the end of the next academic year following the award.
Please visit here for all our current scholarship opportunities:
EARLY CONTEST DATES:
We hope that everyone has been checking the Contest Status Sheet and Contest Updates page as requested, but just in case, PLEASE take note of the DATE, TIMES, and LOCATIONS of the following Contests:
Advisors: Upon their arrival at the SLCC Taylorsville/redwood campus, all advisors are required to come to the SkillsUSA Utah conference headquarters located in room 219 to verify conference registration/payment and to pick-up an advisor’s appreciation gift.
Hello Everyone! I wanted to send out one last message before our upcoming State Competition to communicate last minute details and reminders. Please click the links below for information about the following topics:
SkillsUSA Utah State Director
PLEASE CHECK THE CONTEST STATUS SHEET AND CONTEST UPDATES WEBPAGE OFTEN! THEY ARE FLUID DOCUMENTS/PAGES BEING UPDATED CONSTANTLY!
State Directors Message for February 13, 2017
We have had LOTS of questions and requests for clarification about Dates, Deadlines, and other Important Information. PLEASE READ EVERYTHING! We don't want students/participants to miss an opportunity because of miscommunication or a missed deadline. Click the links below for the latest updates:
I know this is a lot to take in, and even more to implement in the last months before the state competition. Advisors, thank you so much for your dedicated service as educators and SkillsUSA advisors.
SkillsUSA Utah State Director
IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
Richard Wittwer has been teaching as an Automotive Technology instructor for 38 years, has been a SkillsUSA Utah Advisor for 33 years, and the State Director for 5 years.