Mike Rowe brings his message about the skilled trades to SkillsUSA

Nearly 15,000 students, teachers, counselors and parents attended this year's SkillsUSA conference showcasing technical careers and education.

Caterpillar and Mike Rowe were there to stress the importance of jobs in the skilled trades. While this is the second year Caterpillar has sponsored Mike’s appearance at the event, it marks the 17th consecutive year that Caterpillar has been among the shows greatest supporters.

“SkillsUSA is very appreciative of the support that Caterpillar Inc. has provided to our students and our program,” said Tim Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA.

“I know our students are uplifted by the passion Caterpillar and Mike Rowe share about the importance of a solid education and the dignity and honor of the American workforce.”

Watch Mike’s inspiring speech at the SkillsUSA Closing Ceremony.