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WITC Ag Power Students Take Top Awards

Ag Power Students Take Top Awards

(2/24/15): NEW RICHMOND – After only a week of preparation, four WITC Agriculture Power and Equipment students virtually exploded onto the ag scene in Appleton, WI, to place first, third and sixth in individual and first and sixth in team competition at the Wisconsin Postsecondary Agricultural Students Organization (PAS).

“The results experienced at PAS stand testament to the quality of instruction here at WITC,” says Nancy Cerritos, academic dean, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. “Our students weren’t taught to specifically win the challenges. Instead the high caliber of the education they’ve received at WITC placed our students in the top standings.”

In the Ag Mechanics Individual competition, WITC students Kris Krall (Colfax) took first, Ethan Hager (Bay City) took third and Abe Fick (Ellsworth) took sixth place. In the Ag Team competition, the WITC team of Fick and Krall took first and the team of Hager and Tony Matzek (River Falls) took sixth. The four will travel to Boise, Idaho, in March to compete in nationals. Instructors for the WITC Ag Power program are Lee Fiedler (Prescott) and Scott Horsman (New Richmond). (Photo left to right: Kris Krall, Ethan Hager, Tony Matzek, Abe Fick)

More than 40 students and 20 teams from around the state competed in the PAS mechanics completion division. The results achieved by the WITC team are notable, as the college was unaware of the competition until shortly before it took place and had little time to prepare.

The Agriculture Power and Equipment Program at WITC is a two-year technical diploma unique to the state of Wisconsin. This year 17 students are on track to graduate and all have career-related employment waiting for them after graduation, except for one student who will return to farming, another plans to join the Army, and another plans to pursue a four-year degree.

The program is filling quickly for Fall 2015 admission, so anyone interested in visiting the program should call the college at 715.246.6561, ext 4339.

WITC serves the educational and career needs of more than 25,000 residents of Northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, WITC offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized business training, and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. WITC is a member of Wisconsin Technical College System. WITC is an equal opportunity/access employer and educator. For more information, call 800.243.WITC or visit

The National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization (PAS) is an organization associated with agriculture/agribusiness and natural resources offerings in approved postsecondary institutions offering baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees, diplomas and/or certificates. PAS is one of the 11 career and technical student organizations that has been approved by the U. S. Department of Education as an integral part of career and technical education.