News Release

Published on Thursday, April 12, 2012

A firefighting teen, a design student/mom and a group of budding filmmakers are all finalists in the Futuremakers Video Competition. Sharon Marie, from Gateway Technical College; Candace Wetter, from Southwest Wisconsin Technical College; and a team consisting of Jimi Shaw (Richland Center, Wis.), Michael Redig (Winona, Minn.) and Casey Nelson (Onalaska, Wis.), from Western Technical College, will receive a cash prize of at least $1,000 and are all vying for the top prize of $2,000.

The students are sharing short videos of their technical college experiences and demonstrating why they are “Futuremakers” in the statewide competition sponsored by the Wisconsin Technical College System. The videos, along with other entered videos, can be viewed at

“Our students do a fantastic job using video to share their experiences,” said Kyle Schwarm, video competition coordinator. “If you want to see how they are making their futures, watch their stories told in these videos.”

The finalists will receive their prizes at the Wisconsin Technical Colleges’ District Boards’ Association luncheon on Friday, April 20 in Wausau.

The WTCS has 16 technical college districts throughout Wisconsin, which offer more than 300 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas. In addition, the System is the major provider of customized training and technical assistance to Wisconsin’s business and industry community. More than half of all adults in Wisconsin have accessed the technical colleges for education and training. Find more about educational programs at