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Linn State to host Missouri SkillsUSA

For the eighth consecutive year, Linn State Technical College will host the 45th annual Missouri Leadership and Skills Conference (SkillsUSA) on Thursday, March 31 – Saturday, April 2, 2011.

In collaboration with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Linn State welcomes over 70 Missouri high schools and six community colleges.  On average, 2,000 students and teachers participate in over 120 leadership, skill and written contests preparing students for the National SkillsUSA contests each year.

The entire college campus is utilized for the three day event with 100% participation by all employees.  Along with 300 industry partners, the Linn State faculty and staff coordinate contests and conference activities.

Students arrive on campus Thursday, March 31 for registration.  The conference begins at noon with an opening ceremony in the LSTC Activity Center.  Students compete Thursday afternoon and all day Friday at the LSTC campus and various locations throughout mid-Missouri.  Contest results are announced during the awards ceremony Saturday, April 2 at 9:00 a.m. in the LSTC Activity Center.

Winners from the 2010 Missouri Leadership and Skills Conference will represent Missouri at the 47th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (SkillsUSA Championships) in Kansas City on June 19-24, 2011.

SkillsUSA draft agenda

Detailed information about the Missouri SkillsUSA Conference is also available online at www.linnstate.edu/skillsusa

Reporters and photographers are invited to attend the Missouri Leadership & Skills Conference at the main campus in Linn or other contest locations in the mid-Missouri area.   To schedule a visit, please contact Scott Peters at 573.897.5109 or 573.619.4730.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.  It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).

With more than 35 programs, Linn State Technical College is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission.   LSTC prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning.  LSTC has three locations in Linn, Mexico and Jefferson City.  

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