15. July 2007 19:00
Nick Matter of Oostburg, a student in Moraine Park Technical College’s Electricity program, participated in the SkillsUSA Championship on June 28 in Kansas City, Mo., part of the 43rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference June 26-29.
Matter, who placed 14th, joined more than 4,500 career and technical education students who competed in 87 trade, technical and leadership fields. Moraine Park Electricity Instructor Paul Schumacher accompanied Matter to the nationals. The SkillsUSA Championship is the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. The philosophy of the event is to reward students for excellence, involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and keep training relevant to employers' needs.
Matter was one of three students from the Electricity program at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus who competed at the annual SkillsUSA State Conference in Madison April 24-25. Also participating in the residential wiring competition were Mike Berger of Hartford and Dan Diette of Fond du Lac. The team took first place for the third consecutive year, with Matter going on to the nationals.
“The SkillsUSA competition is a good opportunity for students to showcase their talents and meet other electricity students from different colleges,” said Schumacher. “The competition also demonstrates the electricity program’s commitment of success to the students.”
Moraine Park’s Electricity technical diploma focuses on a hands-on learning approach and prepares students to enter the State Electricity Apprenticeship program through the Department of Workforce Development, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards. To learn more, visit www.morainepark.edu.