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WITC students win at SkillsUSA Conference

WITC power sports students (from left) Kyle Drinken (St. Croix Falls), John Peterson (Beldenville) and Andy Janes (Grantsburg) recently took part in the State Leadership and Skills Conference in Madison. Photo courtesy of WITC - New Richmond

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.

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 in June. Kyle Drinken (St. Croix Falls) won third place in Marine Technology.

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.

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.