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Nicolet College - Student video contest features $5000 prize

Futuremaker video competition for Nicolet,

tech college students features $5,000 top prize


Nicolet students have the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity and vision of the future in a new, statewide video competition beginning this month. The Futurefest Ideas Competition will provide an outlet for students to express their potential impact on the future while competing to win cash prizes.

"Technical college students routinely exhibit impressive creativity and originality," said Dan Clancy, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). "This will be an excellent opportunity for us to highlight those abilities and talents."

The competition is designed to honor the creative spirit of students, the educators who mentor them, and the culture of originality thriving at technical college campuses across Wisconsin.

All Nicolet College students taking credit-based courses during the second semester have until February 1, 2009, to submit their video entries. A panel of judges will determine a Nicolet semifinalist who will win $300 and then compete statewide for one of three cash prizes: $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000. Prizes will be awarded in April.

The short videos may include students' unique visions of the future at school, home, travel or play, and will be on display at Entry guidelines are available at

"This competition celebrates the unique talents of our students, of which we're very proud," said Nicolet College spokesperson Sandy Kinney. "This is an exciting opportunity to see our students' perspectives of the future."

The competition is sponsored by Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin Apprenticeship & Training Trust and the Foundations of Fox Valley Technical College and Blackhawk Technical College. To learn more about the competition or about Wisconsin's Technical Colleges, go to

The Wisconsin Technical College System has 16 technical college districts throughout Wisconsin, which offer more than 300 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas.

In addition, the System is the major provider of customized training and technical assistance to Wisconsin's business and industry community. More than half of all adults in Wisconsin have accessed the technical colleges for education and training in the last decade.