A message from WCTC President Barbara Prindiville, Ph.D.:

For the last few years, Waukesha County Technical College has been working to address the manufacturing skills gap by providing short-term training programs, working closely with employers who sit on our advisory committees and providing learning opportunities for our K-12 school districts.

But there was something missing along the road to addressing the manufacturing skills gap, and that's to get workers the training they need quickly but also encourage them to build a career path. An innovative approach was needed in order to truly make a difference. WCTC took action and manufacturers are starting to realize the benefits in the form of more skilled workers to meet their immediate employment needs.

WCTC's General Manufacturing degree filling the skills gap

WCTC's General Manufacturing degree filling the skills gap

At WCTC's Manufacturing Summit in June 2012, WCTC announced a new Associate of Applied Science degree in General Manufacturing. This certificate-driven, business-driven approach allows workers to quickly gain the skills they need and also career ladder toward an associate degree.

More than 20 area manufacturers served on "Councils for Action" to help guide the new associate degree's curriculum to best meet their skills needs. The councils focused on creating short-term Welding and CNC/Machine Tool training programs. The certificate-driven degree concept has been a resounding success - with more than 100 completers - and is currently providing a stream of entry-level employees to the workforce within a 6 to 10 week period.

Jamie Boettcher, Human Resources manager for Cooper Power Systems in Waukesha, attended the Council for Action focused on Welding. Boettcher applauded WCTC's efforts to help fill the manufacturing skills gap.

"The Welding program is exactly what employers need - it's short-term and business-driven," Boettcher said. "We look forward to continued collaboration with WCTC in order to fill our job vacancies with candidates who are prepared for immediate, entry-level employment."

WCTC also plans to pursue the transferability of the AAS degree to some of its partnering four-year institutions so workers can progress toward a bachelor degree if they desire. WCTC continues to explore ways to fill skills gaps in all industries, and will hold the Manufacturing Summit II on Friday, April 19 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at WCTC's Richard T. Anderson Education Center. Learn more and register to attend.

Alumni Association visits Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic

The WCTC Alumni Association and WCTC Foundation recently held a reception at the Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic (WCCDC). The clinic is a service learning site for WCTC Dental Hygiene students and also hires many graduates.

Alumni Association visits Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic
Barbara Prindiville, Ph.D., Jenny Jankowski, Lourdes Lemus, WCCDC Executive Director Renee Ramirez and Amaris Cervantes

WCTC College Marketing receives national, regional awards

WCTC's College Marketing team received two Paragon Awards and four Medallion Awards at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations' (NCMPR) national conference recently held in Chicago. NCMPR is a professional organization for individuals involved in marketing, communications, public relations and enrollment management at community and technical colleges. The prestigious awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications.

WCTC's awards include:

Paragon Awards (national):

  • Gold - Brochure/Flier Series
  • Bronze - Electronic Viewbook (Overview)

Medallion Awards (regional):

  • Gold - Brochure/Flier Series
  • Silver - Logo Design
  • Silver - Electronic Catalog
  • Bronze - Student Handbook

Additionally, WCTC earned three awards from the Higher Education Marketing Report's 28th Annual Educational Advertising Awards. The Educational Advertising Awards program is the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country; it is a national competition of college and university marketing and advertising materials.

WCTC's awards include:

  • Bronze - Logo/Letterhead Design
  • Bronze - Class Schedules
  • Merit Award - Radio Advertising

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April 2013

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WCTC named to President's Community Service Honor Roll

For the third time, WCTC has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. During the 2011-12 school year, WCTC students engaged in a total of 39,000 community service hours.

WCTC and its fellow honorees were chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the percentage of student participation and the extent to which the institution offers academic service-learning courses. WCTC was also named to the Honor Roll in 2009 and 2012.

WCTC students succeed at DECA competition

WCTC's Collegiate DECA chapter secured numerous awards and honorable mentions for service learning and competition at the DECA State Career Development Conference in March.

Two WCTC students were recognized for their outstanding leadership. Jessica Kreger, a Marketing student, was named the Collegiate DECA Student of the Year. Elizabeth Martin, an Accounting student, won a position as a state officer. The WCTC Collegiate DECA team will compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference April 24-27 in California.