High school students compete in CTE Skills Challenge Day

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – Around 150 high school students from across the U.P. filled the halls of Northern Michigan University’s Jacobetti Complex Friday.

They were competing in the U.P. CTE Skills Challenge Day.

The 11th annual event divided student into four categories: construction skills, welding, automotive service technology, and computer aided drafting and design. They spend the day building or designing a project.

Organizers said the event helps students figure out if they’re cut out for a technical career path.

“It allows students to have that level of competition against other students that are their peers to find out how they stack up against them,” NMU Instructor of Technology and Occupational Sciences John Centko said. “It’s a wonderful alternative compared to going to the skills challenge downstate, which takes three days out of their events and costs much more to do.”

Members of the winning team in each category got a Carhartt jacket or other items donated by local businesses. The day ended with an awards ceremony.