News Release

Published on Thursday, January 27, 2005

LA CROSSE, Wis. - Western Wisconsin Technical College (WWTC) is co-sponsoring and hosting MathCounts, a competition for local middle school “Mathletes” on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. An estimated 50 students from the Coulee Region will gather at WWTC’s Kumm Center in La Crosse to participate in the competition, which is part of a national math enrichment program.

The event is organized and run by local chapters of the National Society of Professional Engineers. Area middle schools scheduled to participate include Black River Falls; Olson; Logan; Holmen; West Salem; Galesville, Ettrick, Trempealeau; Hillsboro; and Lancaster.

After several months of coaching, the participating schools select students to compete individually or as part of a team in one of the more than 500 written and oral competitions held nationwide and in U.S. schools overseas. Winners at the local level advance to state competitions held in March in Madison. The top four Mathletes and top coach from each state earn the right to compete at the national level in May in Detroit, Mich.

“We are thrilled to be involved with this event,” said Brenda Scheurer, tech prep curriculum specialist at WWTC. “Math skills are essential in many of our associate degree programs, and we are fortunate to have [middle school] students on our campus having fun and learning about possible career pathways at the same time.”

During competition breaks, WWTC students in the Electronics Club will take the participants on a tour of the Electronics Open Lab facility to demonstrate several electronics technology applications that require math skills.

"The event is also a great opportunity for our club members to interact on a professional basis with volunteers from the National Society of Professional Engineers," said Dave Bates, WWTC Electronics instructor.

To learn more about the MathCounts program, visit www.mathcounts.org. For more information about WWTC programs and services, please call 608-785-9200 or visit the WWTC Web site at wwtc.edu.