205 Jefferson St., 5th Floor, PO Box 480, Jefferson City, MO, 65102
(573) 751-4460 Joey.Baker@dese.mo.gov

51st Annual State Leadership & Skills Conference
State Technical College of Missouri, Linn
April 5-7, 2018


Come see our future workforce in action at SkillsUSA Missouri’s State Leadership and Skills Conference. We invite you to experience thousands of career and technical education students, from high schools and colleges across our state, proving they’re ready for jobs in manufacturing, transportation, construction, hospitality and human services.

The SkillsUSA Missouri Championships will be held at the State Technical College of Missouri in Linn on April 5th and 6th. During these championships, students will work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, automotive service, medical assisting and culinary arts. All contests are run with the help of industry experts, trade associations and labor organizations, testing competencies that are set to industry standards. The winners will go on to compete in the national event, the SkillsUSA Championships, this June in Louisville, Ky.

SkillsUSA is considered a talent pipeline and a vital solution to the demand for a skilled workforce. Jobs are available right here in our state; they are waiting for people with the necessary skills. Those people are graduating from career and technical education (CTE) programs. CTE is learning that works for America.

We are very proud of these “champions at work” for their dedication to excellence in their trades and in their leadership skills. What sets our students apart is the integration of workplace and personal skills in combination with their technical skills grounded in academics. SkillsUSA is an integral component of CTE instruction.



Due: March 30, 2018

$60 – Student Competitors
$60 – Advisors (Instructors)
$60 – Observers (student’s not competing or adult chaperones/guests)
$60 – Career Center Director/Administrator
$45 – Courtesy Corps Competitor


Thanks to our generous partners at the Jefferson City Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and the Capitol Plaza Hotel we are pleased to announce the addition of SkillsUSA’s Champion’s Festival to our list of conference activities. This new event will be completely FREE and open to all SkillsUSA conference registrants thanks to our generous partners.

We will require a 1 to 10 ratio of chaperone to student. Participants will not be allowed to enter without an approved advisor checking them in. Once participants are inside the building, they will not be permitted to leave without their advisor. School resource officer(s) will be on-duty to ensure all of our participants are safe. The use of tobacco products, alcohol, and illegal drugs are strictly prohibited.


8PM – 10PM | Dance
8PM – 10PM | Advisor Appreciation Room
8:30PM – 9:30PM | Comedy Hypnosis Show


This policy, including general judge’s instructions can be found by clicking here. An important change made last year states that grievances can only be filed by the student, during the contest. Should the student feel that the technical standards have been violated and/or any part of the contest is unfair, they may request a grievance form from the head judge. The head judge will first have an opportunity to rectify the issue. Should the student not be satisfied with the judge’s decision, the grievance can be escalated to the grievance committee which may include advisors, students, career center directors, or DESE staff. Please ensure that all of your competitors are aware of these procedures.

Final interpretations of all contest rules will be made by the SkillsUSA Missouri State Director.


Students will only need to complete a single liability release form for all SkillsUSA conferences and activities. Advisors should retain a copy of these forms and keep them in a secure location for the duration of the year. The chapter advisor and student MUST have a copy of this form on their person at ALL times while traveling and/or in attendance at any SkillsUSA conference or activity. The assurance form must still be completed and signed for each individual conference to ensure student information is on file. SkillsUSA Missouri will not collect liability release forms, but will expect advisors to have access to them upon request. Advisors, administrators, chaperones, and parents who travel with and/or participate in SkillsUSA activities and/or conferences are also required to have a form on file and abide by SkillsUSA’s code of conduct. The assurance form is required for participation at all district, state, and national events.

Click Here to view UPDATED Release Form
Click Here to view Assurance Form
Click Here to upload/submit Assurance Form to State Office


The following contests require a contestant eligibility for be completed for each competitor:

  • Action Skills
  • Building Maintenance
  • Community Action Project
  • Employment Application Process

Click Here to view the contestant eligibility form


Click here to view the Official 2018 Conference Program (coming soon)
Click Here to view condensed/tentative conference schedule (coming soon)
Click Here to view tentative schedule by event (coming soon)
Click Here to view competition tool lists (coming soon)
Click Here to view conference provided transportation schedule (coming soon)
Click Here to view conference negotiated hotel options (coming soon)
Click Here to view conference invitation list
Click Here to view state-only contest standards