National Leadership & Skills Conference

June 20-24, 2022 • Atlanta, Ga

The National Leadership and Skills Conference pits competitors against the best of the best from all across the country and encourages students to reach their highest potential. Join us in Atlanta for SkillsUSA's inaugural year in our new host city!

The Road To Atlanta

SkillsUSA is excited to welcome students, teacher and business and industry partners from across the country to Atlanta for the 2021 National Leadership and Skills Conference. Make plans now to join us in Atlanta for the largest exhibition of America's future skilled workforce.

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NLSC Winners


Congratulations to all SkillsUSA Georgia National Leadership and Skills Conference competitors and participants! Your hard work, dedication, and perseverance makes all of you SkillsUSA Champions. In total, SkillsUSA Georgia Secondary competitors were awarded 8 gold medals, and 17 silver medals!

Models of Excellence 


The Models of Excellence program recognizes the exceptional integration of personal, workplace and technical skills into SkillsUSA chapter activities. This is the highest honor bestowed on chapters by SkillsUSA. Two SkillsUSA Georgia chapters, Forsyth Central High School and Apalachee High School were chosen as MOE chapters in technical skills. They were then evaluated by a panel of judges based on their goals, plan of action, results, evaluation and SkillsUSA Framework integration. Forsyth County High School was selected as the top SkillsUSA Models of Excellence chapter in the nation for technical skills! Please help us congratulate both chapters for their incredible achievement!  

Frequently asked questions

Will the 2021 National Leadership and Skills Conference be held in- person as originally scheduled? If not, what format will it take?

SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference and SkillsUSA Championships will be held virtually in 2021, with localized hands-on elements for select competitions. Along with all of our competitive events, the conference will also include delegate sessions, national officer elections and many opportunities for leadership development, professional development and member/chapter recognition.

Why was the decision made to hold a virtual conference?

Our decision was based mainly on the following factors: The safety and security of our membership and stakeholders. With so much still unclear as to when large face-to-face gatherings will be deemed safe and when the effects of the virus will finally subside, we could not in good conscience move forward with the planning of an in-person event bringing thousands of our members and stakeholders together from across the country. State associations not being able to travel to Atlanta for an in-person event. Statewide travel restrictions
In a survey conducted in October, 23 state associations revealed that imposed travel restrictions in their states would prevent them from attending the national conference. With the increase of COVID cases nationwide, more states have since been added to that list. State budgetary restrictions and redirected travel funds.
Numerous additional states have redirected travel funds to other needed budget shortfalls during this pandemic. This redirection of funds also directly affects the ability for states to travel, even where travel restrictions are not in place. Lack of on-site preparation time for national staff. 2021 was scheduled to be our first year in Atlanta, so it was more important than ever that our staff make multiple visits to the event sites months ahead of time to prepare competition and meeting spaces, review safety procedures, identify event locations and more. Our staff has not been able to visit Atlanta since last February, and most of our state directors have not had the opportunity to visit at all. At this time, it's unclear when those visits would be able to occur, and without that in- person planning, we cannot successfully hold an in-person event. Restrictions on partners’ ability to travel and participate in an in-person event. Our partners are facing similar issues with travel restrictions and budgetary obstacles as referenced above, and many have expressed concern that they will be unable to travel and participate in an in-person event in 2021. Most, however, remain committed to supporting and participating in the virtual events we’re currently planning.

Is this going to be just another Zoom conference?

No, this event will NOT be just another Zoom conference. (We’ve all had our fill of those.) We will be working with a company (as yet unnamed) specializing in virtual events to create a unique, exciting, user-friendly and option-rich environment for all our members. In fact, the virtual format we’re working on may provide even MORE opportunities to make connections with future employers, mentors and friends. This will be an EVENT, an event members, partners and more will want to be a part of and will be proud to have participated in. More information will be coming soon.

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