GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- More than a thousand high school and trade school students from all over the state were racing against against the clock in more than 75 competitions.
The contests tested students in trade and technical careers... Including carpentry, plumbing, welding, cosmetology, and criminal justice.
All of the competitions were held this weekend at DeVos Place, GRCC and other locations around Grand Rapids. Only one of the contests had to be moved due to flooding near the Amway Grand Plaza hotel. The students stayed focused despite the changes. They train all year for this opportunity to test their skills in a real world setting.
Julie Welch, Parent Of SkillsUSA Student Michigan says, "There is a need for skilled workers that can build our homes, businesses, our hotels, and help our economy grow. SkillsUSA is where our future workforce is fine-tuning their skills and finding out where they are and where they fit in in Michigan and hopefully make Michigan grow."
The awards ceremony takes place Sunday at DeVos Place
The winning students will go on to the national competition this summer in Missouri.