Finalists named in Wisconsin technical colleges' Futurefest competition

by admin1. April 2009 19:00

A few technical college students will have a little extra cash as a result of their creativity and innovative thinking. They are finalists in the Futurefest Ideas Competition, which recognizes the creative spirit and originality thriving at technical colleges across the state. 


Students from Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges were invited to enter short videos about their unique visions of the future at school, home, travel or play. Forty-five entries were submitted and judges at each college selected one semifinalist per college. The three grand prizes are $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000. All video entries can be viewed in the Video Gallery of          


The first-, second- and third-place winners will be announced at the WTCS’ Ambassador Banquet in Madison on April 15. The finalists are:


·                     Marcus Lanter, Milwaukee Area Technical College, “Inspired by the Future.”

·                     Laura Doan, Northcentral Technical College, “Futuremakers.”

·                     Justin Westover, Mid-State Technical College, “We Are Futuremakers.”


Robert Benson of Fond du Lac, an IT – Network  Specialist student at Moraine Park Technical College, submitted a video about using computer chips and GPS tracking to help monitor and control lifestyle decisions related to obesity. The computer chips would be implanted in a person’s body to produce feedback on the effects of one's food choices and level of exercise. Benson will receive a $500 scholarship from the Moraine Park Foundation for his entry.


“Technical college students routinely exhibit impressive creativity and originality,” said Dan Clancy, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). “This competition has been an excellent opportunity for us to highlight those abilities and talents.”


Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin Apprenticeship & Training Trust and the Foundations of Fox Valley Technical College, Gateway Technical College, Blackhawk Technical College and Wisconsin Technical College System are the competition sponsors. To learn more about Wisconsin’s technical colleges, go to