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WITC students win at SkillsUSA Conference

From left to right: Kyle Drinken of St. Croix Falls, John Peterson of Beldenville and Andy Janes of Grantsburg. Photo courtesy of WITC

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College welding and power sports students attended the SkillsUSA 45th annual State Leadership and Skills Conference held April 24-25 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

SkillsUSA is an organization serving students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. The Leadership and Skills Conference showcases the best students in state and rewards them for excellence. Industry representative are involved in evaluating the student performance and to keep training relevant to employers' needs.

WITC's power sports students Andy Janes (Grantsburg), took first place in Motorcycle Technology and John Peterson (Beldenville) took first place in Marine Technology. Both students will move on to nationals in Louisville Ky., in June. Kyle Drinken (St. Croix Falls) won third place in Marine Technology.

The WITC students expressed their thanks and appreciation to the college for supporting their efforts to advance their career options. It would have been difficult without the financial support.

By attending the competition, the students can prove their skills and increase their employment opportunities and starting pay upon graduation.