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

Whether it’s building a public-private partnership like WCTC’s indoor Firing Range, or bringing together business and education to help close the manufacturing skills gap, WCTC values community involvement to ensure successful results for students and employers. Below are the most recent examples of our efforts, as we continue to seek innovative ways to develop our workforce and move our community forward.

Community partners come together to support WCTC Firing Range

Clay Matthews Speaking at Event

More than 350 community members, law enforcement officials and business partners came together to support WCTC’s Firing Range at a fundraising event held May 1 at the future location of the facility in Pewaukee. Green Bay's Clay Matthews was the guest of honor at the event, which featured a live and silent auction and food prepared by WCTC Culinary students.

The indoor Firing Range, scheduled to open in October 2013, will be a state-of-the-art facility available to local law enforcement, WCTC Police Academy students and the general public. The range is made possible through a unique public/private partnership with the WCTC Foundation and area businesses that have provided in-kind and cash donations for the project.

The event was sponsored by InPro Corporation, Beer Capitol, Centry Fence, Cooper Power Systems, Couri Insurance, DUECO, Inc., Jim Lindenberg, Krav Maga, Stanek Tool Corporation, Waukesha State Bank and the WCTC Foundation.

Manufacturing Summit II a success

WCTC Associate Dean of Apprenticeships and Construction Bill Bulloch, Dean of the School of Applied Technologies Mike Shiels, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Vice President of Learning Denine Rood.

WCTC Associate Dean of Apprenticeships and Construction Bill Bulloch, Dean of the School of Applied Technologies Mike Shiels, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Vice President of Learning Denine Rood.

More than 150 representatives from business and education attended WCTC’s Manufacturing Summit II held April 19. The event provided attendees the opportunity to recognize “best practices” that have been implemented to close the manufacturing skills gap and learn about future initiatives.

DECA members compete at International Career Development Conference

WCTC's DECA members that attended the International Career Development Conference.

Congratulations to WCTC DECA members Elizabeth Kendl, Jessica Kreger and Jake Jacobsen, who placed in their competitions at the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Anaheim, Calif. Kendl (and her team of students from other colleges), took second in National Management Institute; Kreger took third in Marketing Management; and Jacobsen placed in the top 10 in the Sales Management Meeting. The trio was among 11 WCTC DECA students who participated in various categories, including:

  • Angie Chiconas – International Marketing
  • Lys Morillo – International Marketing
  • Jake Jacobsen – Sales Management Meeting
  • Brittany Paa – Restaurant and Food Service Management
  • Elizabeth Martin – Accounting Case Study
  • Chad Brown – Marketing Management
  • Robbie Kanelos – Entrepreneurship
  • Aziz Rasuli – Professional Sales

The ICDC is the culminating experience for many collegiate DECA members. The event provides students the opportunity to participate in leadership development and receive recognition for competitive achievements.

WCTC officials, students attend ‘World Citizen Celebration’ event

Several WCTC representatives attended the International Institute of Wisconsin’s World Citizen Celebration held April 27 at Women’s Club of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. The International Institute of Wisconsin (IIW) is dedicated to the promotion of international cooperation, understanding and a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural perspective. WCTC President Barbara Prindiville, Ph.D., and K. Austin Baade, International Education coordinator, serve on the IIW Board of Directors.

In addition to Prindiville and Baade, the following also attended the event: WCTC Vice President of Learning Denine Rood, WCTC Economics instructor Cory Wanek, School of Business Dean Brad Piazza, Global Business instructor Susan Dragotta and students Minseok (Tony) Ko, Jiwon Kim, JinWoo Lee, Neo Oh, James Choi, Jeff Perzan, Bruce Glaub, Rachel Dobrauc, Aziz Rasuli and Lys Morillo.

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May 2013


Upcoming Dates

May 14
Student Organization Showcase

May 15
Spring Job Fair

May 16
Interior Design Portfolio Showcase

May 16
Web/Software/BIT Learning Showcase

May 17
Nursing Class Pinning Ceremony

May 18
Commencement Ceremonies

May 20
Celebration Breakfast & Awards Recognition

May 25 - 27
College Closed for Memorial Day weekend

Students shine at SkillsUSA Conference

The WCTC Architectural Club sent five students who competed in the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference held April 11 at Chula Vista resort in Wisconsin Dells. The results are shown below.

Architectural Drafting

First place:
WCTC Erin Swanson (Going to Nationals in Kansas City)

Second place:
WCTC Ray Bierbaum

Third place:
WCTC Ryan Karasch

Job Demonstration

First Place:
WCTC Terry Sedlar (Going to Nationals in Kansas City)

State Officer
State of Wisconsin 2013-2014

1st Vice President:
Christy Espenscheid

2nd Vice President:
Terry Sedlar

WCTC instructor pens facility management book

WCTC instructor John Fennimore

WCTC instructor John Fennimore recently published a textbook, “Sustainable Facility Management – Operational Strategies for Today.” The book is a contemporary and comprehensive overview of facility maintenance and serves as a commonly-used reference for beginning and experienced facility maintenance technicians and managers.