Bay College Hosts SkillsUSA Competition


The vast majority of “hot jobs” predicted in Michigan through 2026 are tied to Career and Technical Education programs. Bay College, in partnership with regional high schools and Career and Technical Education Centers, and the national SkillsUSA organization, is proud to host the annual SkillsUSA Competition on Friday February 7.

The best career and technical students from across the entire Upper Peninsula will be on campus demonstrating their skills and talents in the areas of Automotive, Computer Maintenance Technology, Precision Machining Technology, and Welding. The students are competing for scholarship money as well as the opportunity to advance to the statewide competition to be held in Lansing, MI in the spring. During the competition, students are graded and receive feedback from college faculty, high school instructors, and local business representatives in the field who volunteer their time to support the students.

Bay College will award four $2,000.00 scholarships to students who place first in the overall categories and four $500.00 scholarships to students who place second in the overall categories.

“This event aligns perfectly with Bay College’s focus to help close the skills gap that exists by training individuals for high skill, high wage, and high demand jobs,” states Cindy Carter, Bay College Dean of Business, Technology and Workforce Training. Carter adds, “Bay College has several one-year and two-year Occupational Certificates and Degrees that provide students with the training they need to complete a college degree and enter the workplace with the credentials to make more income over their career as well as to advance within their specific trade. This is the next generation of skilled workers and we are thrilled to be a part of it”.

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations in high schools and college/technical schools. SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. National SkillsUSA week will be celebrated across the country the week of February 3.

For more information on Bay College Occupational Certificates and Degrees, as well as the SkillsUSA Competition, please contact the Dean’s Office at 906-217-4081.