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WITC students take part in Wisconsin PAS competitions

Pictured are WITC students (front) Michael Fetting (Manitowoc), Alec Williams (River Falls), Zachary Kjeseth (Amery); (back) Mitchell Johnston (Milltown), Dana Jensen (Menomonie), and Paul Boesl (Prairie Farm) who competed in the Wisconsin Postsecondary Agriculture Student competitions. Photo courtesy of WITC

Students from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College's Agricultural Power and Equipment Technician program traveled to Wisconsin Dells to demonstrate their skills during the annual Wisconsin Postsecondary Agriculture Student (PAS) competitions. WITC scored well against the other 31 teams during the three-day competition with several students earning the opportunity to advance to nationals in Louisville, Kentucky March 13-16.

WITC took first place in the college bowl competition. Questions covered extensive ag-related topics from animal science, agronomy, finance, mechanics, precision, soils and more. The team included Alec Williams (River Falls), Paul Boesl (Prairie Farm), Michael Fetting (Manitowoc), and Zachary Kjeseth (Amery). Dana Jensen (Menomonie) will be joining the team for nationals.

In the AMSTA portion, students showed their skills on agriculture equipment diagnostic stations. Jensen and Kjeseth took third place and Boesl and Fetting took fourth place.

Jensen took second place in the Employment Interviewing individual competition. Mitchell Johnston (Milltown) has the opportunity to join the Sheep Specialist team from Northcentral Technical College in Wausau at nationals as well.

WITC-New Richmond's Agriculture Power and Equipment Technician program is a two-year technical diploma exclusive to this area and campus. Agricultural equipment becomes more complex, precise, and expensive so it becomes more difficult for individuals to repair their own equipment. This program prepares students to pursue careers as technicians at farm implement dealerships, repair shops, businesses that use farm equipment or diesel engines, or to work on their own equipment. This program stresses practical hands-on experience in the shop in their study of diesel engines, drivetrains, electrical systems, hydraulics and more.