Wisconsin Technical College System: Technical college students compete through video

Contact: Kyle Schwarm, 608-266-0050, [email protected]

Public voting open through March 17

MADISON – The public is welcome to help choose the semifinalists in the Futuremaker Video Competition sponsored by Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges. The competition gives students a chance to demonstrate their creative spirit, their hard work, talents and innovation. It also demonstrates the importance of technical college experience from the student perspective and allows students to show how, through college, they are making their futures.

Through March 17, anyone can rank the 40 video entries in the Video Gallery of http://www.wearefuturemakers.com. Public voting is one aspect of the contest; judges at each of the colleges with competing students will also consider creativity, originality of presentation and effectiveness of communication to select a video to compete in the semifinals.

The semi-finalists from each college will face a different panel of judges on the state level. One of three students will be awarded the Futuremaker Video Competition top prize of $2,000 at a Wisconsin Technical Colleges District Boards’ Association luncheon in Wausau, Friday, April 20. Students placing second and third will receive prizes of $1,500 and $1,000 respectively.

This year’s entries come from students studying a variety of programs, including graphic communication, early childhood education, nursing, welding, engineering, administrative professional and accounting. Entrants of all ages are using the videos to share career preparation experiences at Wisconsin’s technical colleges.

The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) includes 16 technical college districts throughout the state, offering more than 300 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas. In addition, WTCS is the major provider of customized training and technical assistance to Wisconsin’s business and industry. More than half of all adults in Wisconsin have accessed the technical colleges for education and training.