News Release

Published on Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Three Wood Tech students from Western Technical College recently excelled at the Wisconsin SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference in Wisconsin Dells.

Adam Olson, of Arcadia, took gold in the Carpentry competition. The project was judged based on a written test, building a floor system, wall assembly, rafter layout and stair stringer layout. As a gold medalist, Olson will compete at the National SkillsUSA conference in Kansas City, Mo. on June 19-24.

Other notable finishes include Renee David, of La Farge, who took silver in the Carpentry competition, and Steve Rurup, of La Crosse, who took bronze in the Cabinetmaking competition.

Wisconsin SkillsUSA prepares America's high performance workers currently enrolled in technical and technology education programs. Tomorrow's workers participate in team work, citizenship, leadership and character development activities. Over forty industry sponsored competitive events are featured at the state conference. SkillsUSA emphasizes total quality of work: high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education, pride, and dignity of work. For more information, visit

Western’s Wood Tech program is a one-year technical diploma program that covers both carpentry and cabinetmaking. For more information about programs and services at Western, call 608.785.9200 or visit the website at