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WITC students place in state competition

Kneeling, from left: David Mattson (Ashland, Wisconsin); Joe Kaiser (Exeland, Wisconsin). Standing, from left: Josh Jensen (Amery, Wisconsin); Daniel Cunningham (Ashland, Wisconsin); Chris LaPage (Clayton, Wisconsin); Jessie Wingert (Lena, Illinois); Deric Riopel (Hugo, Minnesota); Josh Weeks (River Falls, Wisconsin). Not pictured: Alexa Shepler (New Richmond); Instructor David Brown (Eau Claire, Wisconsin).

(5/19/14): Nine Motorcycle, Marine and Outdoor Power Equipment students from WITC-New Richmond recently competed in the 41st annual conference of Wisconsin SkillsUSA in Madison. SkillsUSA is a nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health.

 WITC-New Richmond students who placed in the top three of their respective contest areas include: Daniel Cunningham (Ashland, Wisconsin), first place Marine Technology; Chris LaPage (Clayton, Wisconsin), first place in Motorcycle Technology; Deric Riopel (Hugo, Minnesota), third place in Power Equipment Technology; and Alexa Shepler (New Richmond), second place in Job Interview. Josh Jensen (Amery, Wisconsin) competed in power equipment.

 Cunningham and LaPage will compete at the national level in Kansas City, Missouri, during the last week of June. The WITC students and their instructor, Dave Brown, also toured the Mercury Marine plant in Fond du Lac and attended a VIP guided tour at the Harley Davidson motor company museum in Milwaukee.

 The Motorcycle, Marine and Outdoor Power Equipment Technician program prepares students to troubleshoot, service, and repair recreational equipment. Also, because WITC is an accredited Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC) testing facility, students have the opportunity to become industry certified.