WITC students win at SkillsUSA
Seven students from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College's (WITC) Motorcycle, Marine and Outdoor Power Produces Technician program recently competed in the SkillsUSA statewide competition in Madison.
Mitch Booth, Boyceville, took first place in Marine Service Technology and will attend the national competition in Kansas City in June. SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.
Others who placed include Jordon Komarek, Cumberland, who took second place in Marine Service Technology, and Jeremy Friel, Forest Lake, Minn., who took third place in Motorcycle Service Technology.
Others who competed include Tony Norin, Madison; Travis Hansen, Somerset; Scott Meinke, Rice Lake; Mitch Booth, Boyceville; and Ken Zak, Hudson. They were accompanied by Dave Brown, WITC instructor, and Heath Swanson, WITC teaching assistant.
"Preparing for competition takes a lot of effort, and the competition itself is very intense. I'm very proud of all these guys," said WITC Instructor Dave Brown, "for taking the extra step to compete."
The Marine Service Technology contest includes four skill stations and a written test. Contestants are judged on safe work practices, cleanliness, organizational skills, accuracy, speed and completion of assigned tasks, worksheets and paperwork.
In the Motorcycle Service Technology competition, students perform tasks representative of a dealership's service department. Judges look for clean and organized work habits; correct use of reference materials; the ability to follow directions; and good technical skills.
SkillsUSA is a national non-profit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America). SkillsUSA programs help establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom and promote community service. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 5,000 students compete in 87 occupational and leadership skill areas.