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WCTC students excel at virtual SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference

Nine WCTC students brought home honors after participating in career competitions at the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference, held virtually in April.

The field-specific contests require students to show their knowledge and skills in a particular area through demonstration, project or examination. For example, in the Architectural Drafting category, students are tasked with using their drafting skills to solve an architectural problem, which includes a written test, a hand sketch and drawings that are either computer-generated or board drafted.

WCTC winners, by category, include:

Advanced Manufacturing Technology:

1st place team -- Jeremy Westergaard (left), Evrett Rachow (center) and Connor Orheim (right)





Architectural Drafting:

1st -- Schweta Mahajan (left)

 2nd – Eric Hoelzl (center)

3rd – Mychaela Hassi (right)


Welding, High School (WCTC Dual Enrollment Academy students):

1st – Blake Gaffney (left)

 2nd – James Bohmann (right)

(Pictured with instructor Ken Heinritz, center.)




Welding, College:

2nd – Ryan Loomis

(Pictured with instructor Ken Heinritz.)






In addition, WCTC Architectural Drafting/Interior Design instructor Stefano Liotto was named Post-secondary Advisor of the Year; he is also a mentor to WCTC student Ralph Taylor -- who serves as the SkillsUSA Wisconsin Chapter president.

First place award winners will advance to the national competition, which will be held virtually in June.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The nonprofit, education association provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in Wisconsin and the nation’s classrooms.

Congratulations, SkillsUSA award winners!