The 33rd annual Louisiana SKillsUSA Postsecondary Leadership and Skills Conference will be held April 21-22, at Northwest Louisiana Technical College-Shreveport campus, (NWLTC-Shreveport) 2010 North Market Street, Shreveport.

Community and technical college students from across the state will come to Northwest LTC-Shreveport to compete in a wide array of skill areas, including allied health, automotive service technology, welding, collision repair technology, practical nursing and other in-demand career fields. In an effort to provide ample equipment and lab space, competitions will also be held at NWLTC – Minden campus.

The event is considered a “Workforce Olympics” of career and technical education in Louisiana. During the competition, students will match abilities against their peers in various contests designed and judged by experts from the local industry.

“With the statewide focus on workforce development, this is an excellent opportunity for students, business partners and colleges to share ideas, and advance to the next stage of workforce development,” said Dianne Clark, Interim Director Northwest LTC. “We are very excited to provide the opportunity to showcase the skills of our SkillsUSA competitors.”

Gold medal winners at the Louisiana competition will advance to the National Leadership Conference in Kansas City, MO this summer.

The competition will be free to the public for observation. Closing award ceremonies will be held April 22nd. Please contact NWLTC Shreveport Campus Dean David Rhodes at (318) 686-7811 for more information.

For more information on SkillsUSA, visit http://www.skillsusa.org/ .