The Illinois Drafting Educators Association (I.D.E.A.) held its annual statewide competition for high school students on March 7. 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 nonprofit 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 Computer Aided Design Technology department at Kishwaukee College boasts a nearly 100 percent employment placement rate for students.
The student drawings in each division were judged by members of the Kishwaukee College Computer Aided Design Technology Advisory Board and Kishwaukee College CAD instructor Mark Schwendau.
The students chosen as first place in each category were awarded medals and both the first and second place winners will progress to the state competition at Illinois State University in April.
The winners at the Kishwaukee College event were: Introduction to Board – Abbey Rasmussen, first place, Genoa-Kingston H.S., and Michaela Welu, second place, Rochelle Township H.S.; Introduction to CAD – Wyatt Beck, first place, and Zach Pauser, second place, both from Rochelle; Assembly CAD – Alanna Wilcox, first place, and Eric Garcia, second place, both from G-K; Machine CAD – William Crozier, first place, and Tyler Schambach, second place, both from G-K; Architectural Board – Amanda Murray, first place, and Dominic Morocco, second place, both from G-K; 2-D Architectural CAD – Ben Kruse, first place, and Tony Giorno, second place, both from G-K; 3-D Architectural CAD – Kaley Oplt, first place, G-K; and CAD Solid Modeling – Sean Bensinger, first place, and Cristian Beltran, second place, both from G-K. The Genoa-Kingston team is coached by Trenton Sellers and the Rochelle team is coached by Kurt Wolter.
For more information about I.D.E.A. or drafting/design as a profession, visit 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 www.kishwaukeecollege.edu/cad.