Bay Hosts Annual SkillsUSA Competition


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Governor Whitmer has proclaimed February to be Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month in Michigan.  As stated in the Governor’s proclamation, CTE exists to “encourage youths and adults in Michigan to be ambassadors for career and technical education, and to send the message that Michigan career and technical education students are prepared for 21st century high-wage, high-skilled, and in-demand jobs”.

This aligns well with the SkillsUSA organization, a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA serves middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations. This year SkillsUSA week is Feb 7-11 and the theme is, “United as One”.

In a fitting coincidence, the best career and technical students from across the Upper Peninsula will compete in various skills categories on Friday, February 11, 2022, in the annual SkillsUSA competition hosted by Bay College.

The program will begin at 9:45 a.m. EST and will conclude at 2:30 p.m. EST with an awards ceremony. Student competitions are held in Automotive, Computer Maintenance Technology, Precision Machining Technology, and Welding. Along with medals for the top three places, Bay will award four $2,500 scholarships to students who place first in the overall categories, and four $1,000 scholarships to the students who place second in the overall categories.

SkillsUSA’s mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. We improve the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace, and technical skills grounded in academics. Our vision is to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world, providing every member the opportunity for career success.