WCTC celebrates 90-year anniversary

Students at Lindholm Vocational and Adult School (now Waukesha County Technical College) learn how to use comptometers, or key-driven calculators, at the Maple Avenue campus in downtown Waukesha.

Students at Lindholm Vocational and Adult School (now Waukesha County Technical College) learn how to use comptometers, or key-driven calculators, at the Maple Avenue campus in Waukesha.

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

This year, WCTC celebrates 90 years of serving our community. Over the last nine decades, faculty and staff members have worked together to live out our vision of being a leader in workforce development, preparing learners for success within the regional and global economy. We are proud of our successes and have many reasons to celebrate this milestone.

Below are some highlights from the College's 90-year history:

  • In 1923, the newly formed Waukesha Vocational School occupied quarters in the basement of Waukesha Central High School (now Central Middle School).
  • Enrollment at the school was 443, compared with today's annual enrollment of more than 23,000.
  • The school's annual budget in 1923 was $15,500, which included $4,500 in federal aid.
  • By 1930, Waukesha Vocational School had an enrollment of 700 and had outgrown its space in the high school basement. A new building was constructed at 222 Maple Ave. at a cost of $68,000.
  • In 1956, the College completed construction of an 11,500-square-foot addition to the south of its 11-room Maple Street location. The $186,000 addition, which opened in 1957, included classrooms for arts and crafts, home furnishings, drafting, social studies, sewing and a double multipurpose classroom that could seat 100 people.
  • In 1967, Waukesha Technical Institute became Waukesha County Technical Institute.
  • On April 4, 1970, the College broke ground for WCTI's historic new $7 million campus in Pewaukee. Classes were held at the new campus almost two years later, in February of 1972.
  • During the recession of the early 1980s, Waukesha County Technical Institute achieved record enrollment, with more than 36,000 students taking classes - most of them part time.
  • In 1988, in order to more accurately represent its mission, Waukesha County Technical Institute changed its name to Waukesha County Technical College.

Read more about the College’s 90-year history.

Information Technology Services collaborates with software developer

Information Technology Services collaborates with software developer

WCTC's Information Technology Services (ITS) department is participating in the development of a new VMware product called Horizon Workspace. The department hosted a kickoff meeting July 19 that brought together four other technical colleges along with VMware product managers and engineers in a collaborative setting.

Workspace is a new virtual delivery tool that provides anywhere, anytime access to systems and software regardless of delivery platform, computer, tablet or smartphone. The goal of the meeting was to help VMware set future development direction for the Workspace product to meet the demands of higher education, specifically the Wisconsin Technical Colleges.

"This new product fits perfectly into the department's vision to provide virtual access to systems and software for students and staff," said Doug Uhl, IT Infrastructure manager.

Business Officers Committee meeting held at WCTC

WCTC hosted the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Business Officers Committee meeting Aug. 8-9. The group meets three times per year and is made up of chief financial officers, controllers and other finance staff from the system’s 16 technical college districts. Committee members discuss best practices and receive updates from across the WTCS.

WTCS Business Committee

Front row: Kelly Gallagher, Jane Kittel, WCTC President Barbara Prindiville, Ph.D., Cindy Dross, Tracy Drier, WCTC CFO Cary Tessmann, Renea Ranquette
Middle row: Caleb White, Amy VanStratten, Jim Zylstra, Bonnie Baerwald, Wade Hackbarth, Jim Williams, Steve Decker, Roxanne Lutgen
Back row: Bane Thomey, Jim Blumreich, Nelson Dahl, Kirk Moist, Aaron Burkes, Jason Nygard

WCTC student receives 2013 Graphics Excellence Award

Waukesha County Technical College graduate Sam McKennon, who recently earned his associate degree in Printing and Publishing, received a 2013 Graphics Excellence Award (GEA) from the Great Lakes Graphics Association (GLGA).

McKennon earned the award in the “Best of” category, Students: Prepress through Production, and he was honored at an awards celebration held at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, Wis. His entry, “Urban Uproar” depicted images of a car surrounded by fluorescent colors. McKennon spent several hours manipulating and brightening the image and modifying the colors to create a striking piece that required multiple stages of printing.

With nearly 1,000 entries submitted to the competition, the GEA competition is one of the largest in the graphic arts industry. A panel of out-of-state judges examined the entries, and each entry was judged on its own merit in a category with similar printed pieces. Judging criteria included registration, crossovers, clarity and neatness, sharpness of halftones and line drawings, richness and tonal qualities of color, selection of ink and paper, difficulty of printing, among other factors.

Pictured, from left, are WCTC Printing education assistant Brian Eickmeyer, student award winner Sam McKennon and WCTC Printing and Publishing instructor Steve Swanson.

Pictured, from left, are WCTC Printing education assistant Brian Eickmeyer, student award winner Sam McKennon and WCTC Printing and Publishing instructor Steve Swanson.

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August 2013


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Middle school students participate in Career Quest

Middle school student participate in Career Quest

Thirty-two area middle school students got a closer look at what skills and qualifications are needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow at WCTC's Career Quest Aug. 6-8 at the college.

The students were introduced to a variety of careers - including those in Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Metal Fabrication/Welding, Cosmetology and many more - and learned about the education and training needed for those jobs. This is the first year that WCTC has offered Career Quest.

Nursing graduates achieve 97 percent pass rate

Graduates of WCTC's Nursing program recently achieved a 97 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). This is the standardized exam given by each state's licensing board of nursing to determine if RN/LPN candidates are competent for entry-level nursing practice. WCTC's two-year average pass rate is now 97 percent, compared to the national average of 88 percent.