AWARDS CEREMONY INFORMATION
Click HERE to download the State Conference Public Viewing Opportunities Flyer. 

NOTE: Award Ceremony tickets are $20.00 each and sell out within minutes. Parents will be seated in a separate section from students.

SkillsUSA Massachusetts 
State Leadership and Skills Conference
April 25-27, 2019
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General Information:
The SkillsUSA Massachusetts State Leadership and Skills Conference is held at the end of April each year with over 3,000 competitors, industry partners, and teachers/advisors coming together to showcase their talents. In order to qualify for the state level event, technical competitors must place first or second in the District contest. Those students interested in Leadership Events or participating as Voting Delegates must be chosen through a school-wide selection process to participate in a leadership event. More information on Leadership Events can be found HERE .

The State Conference is an impressive event and the largest statewide gathering of trade, industrial, technical, and health occupations in the nation. At the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, over $2 million dollars in tools, awards, prizes, and scholarships will be distributed to those students who excel in their events. From these students, the gold medalist in each event* will represent the state of Massachusetts in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky in June.


Scope of the Contest:
All students who participated in a District elimination event/written test will compete in a fully hands-on event at the state level. Students who are participating in direct to state events, like Engineering and Leadership Events, will complete a written component (based on  Employability Skills/OSHA ) as well as a hands-on or demonstration event.


State Contest Technical Standards: 
Students and Instructors should consult the National Technical Standards for specific competency and contest outlines; however, SkillsUSA Massachusetts will release its own document detailing the scope of the state level contest on/near April 1st of each year.

This document will include: 
  • Specific tool-lists
  • Clothing requirements
  • Other Contest Details

As soon as we receive this document, it will be forwarded to shop instructors, and a link will be posted HERE .  

REMEMBER:  You must follow the State Technical Standards for the current year! These standards are not released by the State until on/around APRIL 1st of each year.  As soon as we have them, you will have them!
 

Dates and Details:   
The conference will be held annually on the last Thurs-Sat in April, with conference headquarters at The Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, 181 Boston Post Road West; Marlboro, MA 01752.  Schools will be lodged at the Best Western and other nearby hotels, with competitions being hosted at area technical schools. As soon as final lodging assignments have been distributed by the state, we will forward them to parents.

We will be departing Greater Lowell at approximately 2:30pm on Thursday, and returning to Greater Lowell at approximately 2:30pm on Saturday.  TEAM WORKS Competitors will be leaving on Wednesday after school (time: TBA) and returning on Saturday with the rest of the competitors.  All students are responsible for arranging their own transportation home from Greater Lowell on Saturday. 


Awards Ceremony:
Parents and friends are invited to come to the conference center for the Awards Ceremony if they wish.  The Awards Ceremony is a ticketed event, and admission must be purchased on-line in advance via the state website: maskillsusa.org. Parents will be notified when tickets will be going on sale.

Please note that each year tickets go on sale at 8:00am on April 15th of each year (unless otherwise posted) and sell out within 5 minutes. Greater Lowell will have no access to tickets if parents/friends do not purchase through the on-line system.

The State Awards Ceremony is a long event running from 10:00am to approximately 1:30pm. There are no concessions/refreshments available for purchase on site. Guests will be seated in a separate section from schools and all seats/entrances are handicapped accessible. 

The Awards Ceremony will also be streamed LIVE via the SkillsUSA Massachusetts Website. Details and specific information on Awards will be forwarded as soon as it is received from the state office.



State Conference Frequently Asked Questions
​​What should I pack?
You will need Official SkillsUSA Dress (black dress pants or skirt, white blouse or dress shirt, black tie for men, black shoes) or business-like attire for the duration of the conference.  You will also want respectable, neat, but casual clothes for the dance Friday night.  Some competitors will need to bring work boots, work pants, safety glasses, and gloves (work shirts will be provided). You will also need toiletries, pajamas, toothbrush, etc.

Will I need to bring tools?
Yes.  Tools and supplies lists will be distributed to you as soon as they are forwarded from the state on/around April 1st.

Can I bring my cell phone?
Yes, however, some cell phone companies do not receive service in the area the hotel is located. You will not be able to have your cell phone on during the actual competition.

Do I need money?
Yes and No. You may want money to buy snacks, raffle tickets, pizza, etc., but there is no cost to students to attend the conference. All meals, hotel rooms, and registration fees are covered by SkillsUSA. HOWEVER, if you are disqualified or fail to show up, you will be held liable for these expenses. (See the Agreement of Participation for specific details).  

Can my parents/boyfriend/girlfriend/friends/etc. come to the awards ceremony?
The awards ceremony is open to the public, but guests must purchase a ticket from the maskillsusa.org website.  Tickets are limited and sell out within minutes!

Can I go home with my parents after the awards ceremony?
Yes, but you have to “check-out” with the lead advisor before leaving the property.

Can I go home with my boyfriend, girlfriend, cousin or other after the awards ceremony?
No.  The only person who can dismiss a student from the conference is your own parent or legal guardian, NO EXCEPTIONS!

Can I drive my own car to the conference?
No.  The state association requires all students to arrive by school transportation.

Who will be chaperoning?
The Student Activities Coordinator, SkillsUSA advisors, and instructors from the different technical programs will be accompanying students from Greater Lowell. SkillsUSA alumni, conference staff and others will also be on site.

Can I pick my roommates at the hotel?
No.  However, you may request a certain roommate by speaking with Ms. Cornellier prior to March 29th.  We will not guarantee any room assignments, though, because the rooming situation is difficult to manage because of contest logistics.

Can I switch roommates when I get to the hotel if I don’t like who I get?
No.  You’re only in the room to sleep and unconscious people can’t annoy you too much.

Can I bring snacks with me?
Yes, within reason.

When do I need to return my conference paperwork?
ALL PAPERWORK MUST BE TURNED IN BY the last Wednesday in March of each year. 

Who can I contact with questions?
Please see any of your SkillsUSA Advisors or email Ms. Cornellier at [email protected] You can also call Mrs. Lauryn Cyr, Student Activities Coordinator at (978) 441-4417.  

State Conference Registration Forms
Official SkillsUSA Dress
Blazer Lending Agreement
Leadership Events/ Voting Delegates
Click HERE to redirect to the STATE Competition Technical Standards on maskillsusa.org. 

State Conference Awards Info