STEM College expects big turnout for annual SkillsUSA competition
February 17, 2014
A total of
358 students and advisers from 29 high schools, including many from
west-central Wisconsin, will converge on UW-Stout for the annual SkillsUSA
competition Thursday and Friday, Feb. 27-28.
UW-Stout is hosting the event for the 31st straight year. Students
will compete in categories such as precision machining, welding, carpentry,
architectural drafting, photography, screen printing, solid modeling and team
The event begins Thursday with leadership competitions from
4 to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center. Skills competitions will be from
9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, with awards from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Great Hall of the
The sponsor and coordinator is the College of Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, with support from the School of
Education and the UW-Stout student chapter of SkillsUSA. About 75 students and
25 faculty and staff are volunteering.
Event director Greg Slupe, assistant professor in the
engineering and technology department, calls the event a "great opportunity for
students to showcase their leadership abilities, technical knowledge and
problem-solving skills prior to the state and national competitions."
Greg Slupe's father, Tom Slupe, founded the regional event
at UW-Stout in the early 1980s and remains involved as leadership competitions
SkillsUSA is based in Virginia and has more than 13,000
student chapters in the U.S.
Competition sites will be the
student center, Micheels Hall, Jarvis Hall, Fryklund Hall and the Communication
Technologies Building. The auto service technology event will be held at
Menomonie High School.