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Area BTC students earn ag awards
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MONROE - Area student members of Blackhawk Technical College's chapter of the Post-Secondary Agriculture Students Organization earned awards at the Wisconsin PAS competition in Wisconsin Dells on Feb. 8 to 9. The PAS mission is to provide opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career planning through participation in employment experience programs, course work and PAS activities.

Three students from Monroe earned first-place finishes in the PAS competition and qualified for the national event to be held in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 15 to 19. Carly Arneson competed in Agricultural Education; Marika Jansen in Floriculture; and Brad Grebner in Landscaping and Nursery Horticulture.

Mike Raab of Argyle took second place in the Fertilizer and Agriculture Chemical division.

The students are enrolled in the Agribusiness Specialist one-year technical diploma program at BTC's Monroe Campus. A new two-year Agribusiness Science and Technology associate's degree program will begin at the Monroe campus in the fall of 2016. Questions about the agricultural programs or the Post-Secondary Agricultural Students Organization should be directed to instructor/club advisor Dustin Williams at 608-329-8210 or