A message from WCTC President Barbara Prindiville, Ph.D.:
Each year, we congratulate an average of 2,000 students who have earned their diploma, certificate or associate degree from WCTC. Last month, 380 graduates participated in the Spring 2013 Commencement Ceremonies. Ninety percent of WCTC graduates are employed within six months of graduation. And 89 percent of graduates work in the Milwaukee/Waukesha area, contributing to our local economy every day.
WCTC completes construction of Transportation Building
Over the last year and a half, more than 100 students completed our Truck Driver Training program, which began in 1993. WCTC recently completed construction of our new Transportation Building, which is the new home of the Truck Driver Training program. The 5,300 square-foot facility houses truck driving simulators and two classrooms, which are also being used for motorcycle classes.
Students in the Commercial Driver's License (CDL) training program are now able to conduct pre-trip truck inspections inside the building away from the weather elements. The Transportation Building is located near the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) track for continuity of training.
Part of what makes WCTC a quality institution is our faculty, and those who teach in our Truck Driver Training program are no exception. Instructor Charles Miller recently won the national CSA Truck Driving competition sponsored by AT&T and Big Truck TV. The challenge celebrates excellence in both the knowledge and practice of safe trucking.
In addition, Truck Driver Training instructors Mark Huss and Matt Eisert and their students recently partnered with the Food Pantry of Waukesha County to transport more than 62,000 pounds of donated food for the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive on May 11.
The student drivers made runs between the post office and the Food Pantry and practiced backing into loading docks and hauling the food back to the pantry. The project is part of WCTC's commitment to Service Learning, which integrates community service with instruction and reflection.
Graduates honored at High School Completion Ceremony
Nearly 300 graduates were awarded their Adult High School Diploma, Certificate of General Educational Development or High School Equivalency Diploma at a ceremony held June 7. High school completion courses are held at WCTC's downtown Waukesha Campus.
In her address to the graduates, WCTC President Barbara Prindiville, Ph.D., said, "With a high school diploma, you will have more doors open for you - more diverse job opportunities and better pay opportunities throughout your life. In addition, you will continue to set a great example for your families that you value education."
Several of the students who graduated were recipients of the Gordon Henke Inspirational Scholarship, which supports WCTC's High School Completion Program to encourage and assist dedicated students in their efforts to obtain a credential. The scholarship, administered by the WCTC Foundation, provides funding to assist WCTC students with final costs related to their high school completion. Funds may be used for testing, credentialing and assessment fees, along with the fee to participate in the High School Completion Ceremony.
WCTC District Board members appointed to three-year terms
Three vacated seats on the Waukesha County Technical College District Board have been filled. The appointees, who were confirmed by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board, will serve three-year terms through June 2016.
Elizabeth Thelen is filling the expired term for an Additional Member. Since 1998, Thelen has been self-employed as a coach/facilitator for Be! Business Growth Consulting. She also serves as the talent and education advisor for The Water Council of Waukesha and served on the Oconomowoc School District Board from 2010 to 2013. Thelen resides in Ixonia.
Mary Baer is filling the expired term for an Employee Member. Baer has been the director membership development for the Waukesha County Business Alliance since 2009. She has been involved in many community projects focused on manufacturing and has been supportive of technical colleges. Baer resides in Waukesha.
Pauline Jaske is filling the expired term for an Employer Member. Jaske, a resident of New Berlin, is the president and CEO of Pewaukee-based Fairway Transit, Inc. Prior to ownership of her company, she was a registered nurse for 20 years. Jaske has been on the WCTC District Board since 2001 and currently serves as co-chair.