The state conference will be held at Southeast Technical Institute for 2018, 2019, 2020

  State Leadership and Skills Conference  (SLSC)

April 12 & 13, 2018​  

There will be a training for students on Thursday Night this year.

*** Student will need to bring a copy of their current resume to the state conference****

  NEW ****  Instructor Training on SkillsUSA Curriculum Thursday April 12th 5-9pm  Click Here to Register.  ****

Training will be put on by a SkillsUSA National Office Staff member.  The registration is free, and includes a piece of curriculum for you to take back to your school.  The training will be on the evening of April 12th at Southeast Tech.  This training will be just after the opening session of the State Leadership and Skills Conference.  Students who are attending the State Conference will be at a career fair, resume training, and Mock Interviews with industry.
*** Student will need to bring a copy of their current resume to the state conference****

This training is open to educators, administrators, advisers,  and/or anyone interested in the Curriculum offered by SkillsUSA.  
Click Here to Register.


State Conference Contest
Contests are part of the state conference. If you signup to compete in a contest you are also signing up to participate in a conference.

Click Here to view the State Conference Registration Guidelines.  Please Read the guidelines before you register for the state conference.

Number of Contest you can compete in.

It is recommended that students who are competing in contest held on different dates compete in a additional contest.  It is recommended that students in shorter contest register to compete in more than one contest.  We will try to work your contest schedules out so you are able to compete in both contest.

As we are starting to prepare for the state conference, there are a few things you should know about this year's contests:

#1)     We try to make any of the 100 contest areas available at the state level.
#2)       The “Technical Standards” are the guide to which the contests are run.

  •  All Professional Members (Advisers) Who have paid their dues have access to the technical standards

#3)       If you would like to see what the nationals projects from previous years that is also available to paid Professional Members.

Contest Descriptions:
Click here

Each person attending the state conference should have these forms filled out.
SLSC Forms. Google Drive


Arrangements have been made at the Ramada in Sioux Falls for Hotel rooms on the night of  April 12, 2018. Mention you are with SkillsUSA when you book your rooms and get the discounted rate.  They are offering


407 S Lyons Ave

Sioux Falls SD 57106

There was 350 people registered for the conference including Students and Advisers.

This year we put on 42 different Leadership and Skills Contest.

This is a copy of the packet all of the contest winners will receive about nationals  2016
- Click Here

Press Release
For a sample press release
click here  you will need to change the information highlighted in yellow.


  • Registration for state conference must be completed by your school's Adviser.  Usually each school has a lead adviser who is responsible to get students registered.
  • To register to compete in a state contest you must be a registered member by March 1st.  if you miss the march 1st deadline you will not be able to participate in the contests.

Click Here to view the State Conference Registration Guidelines.  Please Read the guidelines before you register for the state conference.

Advisers - By entering people in the registration system and clicking submit.  You or your chapter you represent is responsible for paying those registrations.

To register for conferences you must use the SkillsUSA registration site.

State Conference Important Dates
(New ) Feb 22nd - Is the deadline for early registration discount price of $40. 

(New ) March 1st - Is the regular registration deadline at full price of $60.

March 1st - National deadline to signup as a SkillsUSA member for the current year.
March 1st - State deadline to signup to attend the State Leadership and Skills Conference.
                           ~ This includes signing up to compete in contest areas..


State Conference 2018

Scholarship Prizes State Conference 2017

in 2017 Western Dakota Technical Institutes is providing scholarships to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in the high school divisions. the scholarship amounts will be
1st Place  = $1500.00
2nd Place = $1000.00
3rd Place = $500.00

Awardee must attend a Western Dakota Technical Institute the fall semester following their graduation in a program of study that pairs with the SkillsUSA competition in which the individual placed.  Award will be applied to the student’s account with half of the scholarship being awarded the first fall semester of full-time enrollment in the program and the other half being awarded the following spring semester of full-time enrollment. Documentation of this scholarship must be presented to the Director of Admissions by the “last day to drop classes with a refund” to receive the award for that semester. GPA lower than 2.5 or part-time status eliminates eligibility. Additional competition scholarships cannot be bundled or stacked from year to year with this scholarship to increase the student’s Institutional award. Only one SD SkillsUSA Scholarship will be awarded per student for both years of competition. (If win as a junior, can use after graduating, but can’t win a second one as a senior and combine the two).  Recipient must produce original scholarship certificate.  This scholarship, amount of award, and semester of award are non-transferable. Since the Build South Dakota Scholarship is a “full ride” scholarship that covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, and tools, receipt of that scholarship eliminates eligibility.

 These scholarships are given by the individual Technical Institutes. You will need to contact the individual Technical School for the specific details.


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