SkillsUSA Colorado State Leadership and Skills Conference

Wednesday, April 18 – Friday, April 20, 2018

Hotel Elegante, Colorado Springs, CO


Conference headquarters is the Hotel Elegante, 2886 S. Circle Drive, in Colorado Springs.

Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, CO

Pikes Peak Community College, nestled at the base of famous Pikes Peak, will be hosting the some of the Technical Skill Contests for the 2018 SkillsUSA Colorado State Conference, April 18-20, 2018.

The MiLL
The MiLL, “Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab”, in Colorado Springs will host the Cabinetmaking, Carpentry, Electrical Construction Wiring, Masonry, Plumbing, and Teamworks competitions.

International Salon & Spa Academy
The Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Nail Care competitions will be held at the International Salon & Spa Academy in Colorado Springs.

Pueblo Community College
The welding Fabrication competition will be held at Pueblo Community College in Pueblo.

Keynote Speaker: Tim Lawrence, Executive Director, SkillsUSA

Timothy Lawrence

Having been involved with SkillsUSA for most of his life, Timothy Lawrence firmly believes that getting involved in technical education and joining SkillsUSA in high school set his course for a successful future. He worked in both labor and management positions in the manufacturing industry for nine years while continuing his education, and received his teaching credentials from Virginia Tech and his degree in Administration and Training from James Madison University. He fulfilled one of his life dreams when he became a teacher in Virginia in 1978. He achieved another life goal when he was named the National Trade and Industrial Education Teacher of the Year in 1983.

In 1987, he joined the Virginia Department of Education as a vocational student specialist and chief executive officer of the state SkillsUSA organization. He also served other youth initiatives with the National Safety Council’s Youth Division, Students Against Driving Drunk and numerous community service organizations. In 1996, Mr. Lawrence joined the national SkillsUSA organization as Partnerships Director at their National Leadership Center in Leesburg, Virginia. He serves as a board member for several national organizations and is proud to have been a member of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council. In January, 2001, Mr. Lawrence became the Chief Executive Officer of SkillsUSA, one of our nation’s largest individual membership organizations. In this position, he feels he works for the students and teachers of America’s technical education system.