The Illinois Drafting Educators Association (I.D.E.A.) held its annual statewide competition for high school students on March 4. Kishwaukee College was the site for the Region 4 competition. The I.D.E.A. competition is open to high school students enrolled in drafting programs offered through their high schools.
I.D.E.A. is a non-profit professional education organization for the advancement of drafting education and drafting as a profession. Nearly 15,000 drafters are currently employed in Illinois with about 450 positions opening annually.
The student drawings in each division were judged by members of the Kishwaukee College Computer Aided Design Technology Advisory Board: Steve Cromwell, Cain Millwork, Rochelle – CAD Designer and CAD Advisory Committee Chair; Bill Schermerhorn, Schermerhorn Construction, Rochelle; and Jacob Felz, Current CAD Program Student and First Place Qualifier in the 2016 SkillsUSA Architectural Drafting Exam; and Kishwaukee College CAD instructor, Mark Schwendau.
The students chosen as the first and second place winners were awarded medals and will progress to the state competition at Illinois State University in Normal in April.
The winners at the Kishwaukee College event were:
- Introduction to Board—Kelley Creadon, first place, and John Gahlbeck, second place, both from Genoa-Kingston;
- Introduction to CAD—Arlie Sandusky, first place, and Halle Brynteson, second place, both from Genoa-Kingston;
- 3-D CAD Modelling—Alex Widmayer, first place, and Conner Makoben, second place, both from Genoa-Kingston;
- Assembly Modelling—Colin Dvorak, first place, and Bailey Foley, second place, both from Genoa-Kingston;
- Machine CAD—Joseph Brynteson, first place, Hunter Busse, second place, both from Genoa-Kingston;
- Architectural Board—Jake Schambach, first place, and Ethan Bode, second place, both from Genoa-Kingston; and 2D Architectural CAD—Zach Edwards, first place, and Alex Campbell, second place, both from Genoa-Kingston.
The Genoa-Kingston team is coached by instructor Trent Sellers and the Rochelle Township High School team is coached by instructor Kurt Wolter.
For more information about I.D.E.A. or drafting/design as a profession, visit the web site at www.idea-online.org.
For more information on the Computer Aided Design Technology program at Kishwaukee College, call 815-825-2086, ext. 3480 or visit the Kishwaukee College web site at www.kishwaukeecollege.edu.
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