Washington Leadership Training Institute

The Power of One

SkillsUSA offers advanced training for students and advisors that focuses on the skills needed to be champions at work, in the communities and in their personal lives. It's known as the Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI). Student attendees must apply to attend the conference, which will focus on developing advanced leadership, citizenship and employability skills.

To help students learn how an individual can effect change, sessions will cover the following areas:

The impact of the individual as a leader

  • Developing influence: how to manage for success
  • Communicating: how to deliver persuasive messages
  • Leading others: how to delegate and motivate

The impact of the individual as a citizen

  • Decision making: having an impact on a local event
  • Serving the community: developing altruism and influence
  • Legislating: how government leaders effect change

The impact of the individual as an employee

  • Risk taking: a dialog about success and failure
  • Facilitating growth: teaching and reinforcing employability in others
  • Becoming a change agent: developing vision and exercising focus

Other WLTI activities will include:

  • Congressional visits
  • Guided tours
  • Touring the Smithsonian Institution and Washington area monuments
  • Laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington, Va.
  • Pentagon Memorial Ceremony
  • Opportunity to earn National Statesman award
  • Tour of National Leadership Center
  • Advisor Sessions

Like students, advisors will have opportunities to learn how to be change agents for career and technical education. Sessions for advisors will inspire advisors to lead the change process in their schools and districts, develop strategies to gain support for education issues, motivate supporters and learn from those who take risks.

Who should attend WLTI?

Members of SkillsUSA who are committed to the developing their leadership potential. Interested students need to apply to participate. Applicants must articulate their leadership commitment by submitting information on previous experiences and leadership training. Acceptance of students is based on a history of involvement demonstrating a commitment to leadership development. Applicants should describe their active roles in school, community, church and/or other organizations.

How do I apply?

In addition to registering online at the SkillsUSA registration website, every student that would like to attend the WLTI conference, must complete the WLTI application by August 11. Application is available as download at bottom of this page. We will be offering registration scholarships for students to attend WLTI again this year. The WLTI student application is the only application needed to apply for the scholarship and to attend WLTI. All applicants will be notified by August 21 on the status of their state WLTI scholarship. Room requests and polo orders will be taken on a web form similar to the registration process for nationals this year. If your attendees would like to room with someone from another campus in order to reduce cost, please indicate that on your form.

If you must cancel, the final deadline is Aug. 30.The National SkillsUSA office will bill you for $450 per person registration fee. Cancellations after August 30th lose 50% of the fee and 100% of the polo fee. For an invoice click Conference-Fee Summary.

Where are we staying and what is the cost?

Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22311

Rooms are one or two beds, and are nonsomking. Rooming arrangements must be submitted to boyd.hestand@tbr.edu using form linked to WLTI menu above on this website. Hotel rates are: $135 per room single/double, $145 triple and $155 quad plus applicable state and occupancy taxes (currently 14.5 percent, and an occupancy tax of $1).

Registration is $450 per person. Cost includes meals, conference shirt, Statesman award, participant notebook, training materials and activities. Deposits are required at hotel check- in with cash or credit card for personal room charges.

Note: SkillsUSA is not responsible for rooming individuals together; if a rooming list is not submitted with registration, single rooms will be assigned.

Cancellation Policy: Participants canceling after Aug. 30 lose 50% of their total package fees.

FEES/OPTIONS (section MUST be filled out in the online registration system). Please make sure to enter arrival and departure information. This will assist the hotel and us in knowing your arrival and departure for using the hotel shuttle. There is a check box if you’re driving.

Is there anything I need to prepare or know before attending?

WLTI Assignments: Pre-assignments. To be announced

Note: For student participants, please remember to have your pre-conference assignments completed before the start of the conference. Please bring a hard copy and jump drive (or computer) with your paper and presentation on it with you!

Congressional Visits: A highlight of WLTI is when students get the opportunity to visit with elected officials. It is the responsibility of each state association to make or coordinate visits and appointments for their delegation. You can download a sample appointment request letter below.

When arranging for congressional visits, email your letter of request directly to your official’s office, or fax or make a request by phone. Mail service has complex safety checks and is extremely slow.

Note: It is appropriate for each state/delegation to bring gifts (e.g. ball point pens, SkillsUSA pins, coffee mug) for each congressman/congresswoman and staff person visited.

WLTI Statesman Award: The coveted WLTI Statesman Award is presented each year to participants during WLTI who have demonstrated their leadership skills and have mastered certain requirements in leadership training.

You can download the requirements for the WLTI Statesman Award and begin preparing now.

What to Bring and Dress Code: Participants should bring SkillsUSA attire: Blazer, windbreaker or sweater, Black pants or skirts, Black socks/hosiery, Black professional shoes, Black ties (males only), white shirt. On the casual side, comfortable shoes, jeans, shorts, T-shirts; fun clothes, camera, spending money and sweater or jacket (September in Washington can be cool).

Dress for WLTI is as follows:

Opening Session Dinner Saturday night – Official SkillsUSA attire
Day of touring on Sunday – Casual (conference shirt)
Day of training on Monday – business/casual (i.e. SkillsUSA logo polo and khakis)
Congressional visits on Tuesday – Official SkillsUSA attire and comfortable black shoes
Statesman Interviews and closing breakfast Wednesday – SkillsUSA attire, logo shirt or business attire: No jeans, flip flops or sweatsuits