A message from WCTC President Barbara Prindiville, Ph.D.:
WCTC is proud to be one of the founding developers of Wisconsin TechConnect, an automated job posting system shared by all 16 colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System. Only students, graduates and former students have access to the jobs posted on Wisconsin TechConnect - a highly favorable distinction with local employers. During the 2011-12 school year, over 20,000 full time and part time job openings were posted for WCTC students and graduates.
Wisconsin TechConnect Matches Technical College Students With Jobs
Wisconsin TechConnect evolved out of a previous automated system that was originally developed in 1995 by staff from Waukesha County Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College and Western Technical College. In 1999, the system evolved into Wisconsin TechConnect.
Jean Donovan, manager of Cooperative Education and Student Employment Services at WCTC, said the system is easy to use for both students and employers.
"Employers post their job openings online and select the appropriate job category for the posting," she said. "Staff from the Student Employment Services Department verify that the appropriate WCTC program has been assigned to the job. A notice of the job opening is then sent electronically to all students and graduates from those program areas who have registered for employment services."
Students who have registered also have the opportunity to upload a resume that will be available to prospective employers. After the employer has posted a job, the employer can view resumes from candidates whose program area matches with the job opening.
The system is facilitated by staff at each of the local colleges and oversight for Wisconsin TechConnect is provided by a statewide Steering Committee. TechConnect is marketed locally, regionally and statewide to attract new employers and to ensure that job seekers are aware of the wide range of openings that are posted. Each college contributes an annual fee for maintenance and upgrades to the system.
John Rosine, manufacturing supervisor at Embedtek, LLC in Pewaukee, said employers understand that a student or graduate who applies to a posting in Wisconsin TechConnect is likely to have current, relevant work skills and will be prepared to hit the ground running.
"Posting our open positions on TechConnect allows us to draw qualified candidates from the entire Wisconsin Technical College System with one job posting," Rosine said. "This wide range of exposure provides more opportunity for employers and students."
WCTC, Carroll University Open Higher Education Classroom at JA Finance Park
WCTC and Carroll University recently celebrated the grand opening of the College & Career Connections classroom at JA Finance Park at the Junior Achievement Kohl's Education Center in Milwaukee. The interactive experience will help area middle and high school students learn how higher education leads to better jobs and higher incomes. The collaboration between Carroll and WCTC reflects the colleges' commitment to educating the workforce of tomorrow.
Left to right: Waukesha County Business Alliance ambassador and WCTC graduate Nick Schanz, retired Quad/Graphics CEO and Junior Achievement supporter Tom Quadracci, Carroll University President Dr. Doug Hastad, WCTC President Dr. Barbara Prindiville, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin President Tim Greinert, WCTC Vice President of Learning Denine Rood.
WCTC Hosts Entrepreneur, National Speaker Bill Rancic
WCTC hosted "Capturing the Entrepreneurial Spirit: An Apprentice's Story with featured speaker Bill Rancic" on Sept. 25 in the Richard T. Anderson Education Center.
Rancic burst onto the national scene when he was hired by Donald Trump as the winner of the first season of NBC's breakthrough program "The Apprentice." Currently, he is speaking to businesses and organizations around the world on motivational and business topics, developing real estate in Chicago, and producing and appearing in several television programs.
The event was sponsored by the WCTC Foundation and the Small Business Center. After speaking with 180 guests at the luncheon, Rancic addressed nearly 200 School of Business students and faculty.
WCTC Criminal Justice Students Participate In Disaster Drill
WCTC's Kappa Theta Rho students assisted in the full-scale disaster drill on Sept. 12 at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. The mass-causality drill involved law enforcement, EMS and 20 fire departments from around southeastern Wisconsin.
"This was a rare opportunity for our students," said WCTC Criminal Justice instructor Mark Stigler. "It gave them a first-hand view into how public safety professionals from all disciplines work together in handling a disaster of this magnitude."
Students played roles as victims and wore makeup to simulate injuries. They were placed around the "crashed" planes close to controlled burns. Fire departments and ambulances responded to the runway and transported some of the "victims" away to area hospitals. The Southeast Wisconsin Incident Management Team also assisted in managing the full-scale exercise.