News Release

Published on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Western Technical College will be represented at the National Ag Day Celebration taking place at Southwest Technical College in Fennimore, Wis., on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The event’s focus is on the collaborative role of Wisconsin’s technical colleges in meeting the needs of agriculture industry partners.

Jessica Brandsma, of Tomah, Wis., a second-year Agri-Business Science Tech student, the state president of the Postsecondary Agriculture Student (PAS) organization, and newly-elected national vice president of PAS, will help represent Western. The PAS organization has more than 6,500 members and 57 chapters in 12 states. Brandsma was selected as national vice president from a pool of 11 applicants at the national convention held in St. Cloud, Minn.

At Tuesday’s event, Brandsma will share her experience as a Western student, promote the role of agriculture, and explain the vital connection between education and industry.

Governor Scott Walker has been invited to address attendees, which will include a broad cross-section of those in the ag industry, from independent farmers to equipment distributors. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, Ag Secretary Ben Brancel, Wisconsin Technical College System president Morna Foy, and Alice in Dairyland will also address attendees.

“We recognize agriculture as a significant economic driver for Wisconsin, contributing an estimated $59 billion annually to our state’s economy,” said Foy. “It is our history and our future, and every one of our 16 colleges is committed to developing programs that are responsive and deliver the skills and competencies needed by our industry partners.”

“Western Technical College provides the training and the essential experience needed to meet the high demand for technically trained students in the Agricultural Industries,” added Western President Lee Rasch. “In addition to two-year associate’s degrees in either Landscape Horticulture or Agribusiness, there are several short-term technical certificates that provide students with highly employable skills. Through the Farm Business program, Western has maintained its commitment to provide agricultural producers in our area with current industry knowledge in business management, animal, and crop production.”

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