UW-Platteville team qualifies for SkillsUSA national competition

UW-Platteville SkillsUSA Team
Pictured left to right are Brennan Sullivan, Henry James, Jake Gathje and Noelle Elfering.

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville TeamWorks team recently qualified for the Construction SkillsUSA national competition. Team members are Noelle Elfering, Brennan Sullivan, Jake Gathje and Henry James.

TeamWorks, a three-day competition within SkillsUSA, consists of a construction build in teams of four members. Together, teams review a detailed blueprint and special instructions, prepare a material list, create a schedule and action plan and give a presentation before the build. The build is limited on time to simulate a real building project as teams demonstrate their carpentry, roofing, electrical, plumbing and masonry skills. Judging is based on the team’s presentation skills, ability to construct the project per competition specified building codes, jobsite safety and cleanliness, proper use and accountability of tools and equipment and the rate of completion of the project.

"I hope to see SkillsUSA grow here at UW-Platteville,” said Duane Elfering, UW-Platteville’s technology education coordinator and the TeamWorks team advisor. “I was excited to see the TeamWorks team win the state competition and qualify for nationals.”

The national competition will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, in June.

According to its website, SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce by providing educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education in Wisconsin and the nation’s classrooms.