News Release

Published on Thursday, June 19, 2014

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

Ashley Stobb, of Albertville, Wis., took gold in the Carpentry competition. The project was judged based on a 75-question written test, and a six-hour, hands -on project that involved building a floor system, wall assembly, rafter system, and stair way from a set of blueprints. As a gold medalist, Stobb will compete at the National SkillsUSA conference in Kansas City, Mo. on June 23-28.

Other notable finishers include Adam Wieser, of La Crescent, who took silver in the Carpentry competition, and Matt Godfrey, of La Crosse, who took bronze in Cabinetmaking.

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 40 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