Official NLSC announcement from SkillsUSA Executive Director Chelle Travis

The 2020 National Leadership and Skills Conference has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis. Click this link for the statement and vidoe message from executive director, Chelle Travis.

Portion of the official statement from SkillsUSA Executive Director Chelle Travis:

"SkillsUSA has made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person activities related to NLSC ā€” including our SkillsUSA Championships ā€” and focus on essential organizational leadership opportunities conducted in a virtual setting.

Many factors led to this decision, but Iā€™d like to share the two most impactful. First, there is nothing more important to SkillsUSA than the health and wellbeing of our members and stakeholders. With so much yet unknown about this virus and how long it might affect us, we could not in good conscience move forward with an in-person event this June.

Second, our national event is dependent on state participation. As of this writing, 27 states have canceled their conferences and would not be participating in our national event even if it was held as planned. Others are basing their decisions on whether or not their school systems reconvene this year, which becomes less likely each day.

SkillsUSA completely supports the difficult decisions our dedicated state directors have made over the last several weeks, and we commend them for their tireless work. Nevertheless, without robust state participation, holding our national conference is simply not a viable option."