A message from WCTC President Barbara Prindiville, Ph.D.:
WCTC awarded $1.17 million to train information technology students
Waukesha County Technical College has received $1,172,263 as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s statewide investment in Information Technology (IT) career pathways. The pathways will develop advanced IT competencies to support every sector of the state’s economy, including business, health care, hospitality, manufacturing and others. The funds are part of Labor’s recent $23.1 million grant to the Wisconsin Technical College System.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez recently visited Gateway Technical College in Racine to follow up on the innovative training programs planned as a result of the grant.
“As American workplaces become increasingly interconnected, ensuring that workers have access to the IT skills and credentials that help safely and securely collect, store and transfer information is more important than ever,” Secretary Perez told a panel of employers, students and WTCS leaders on Wednesday. “This investment will help prepare the Badger State’s economy and its workers for good-paying, middle class jobs,” he said.
The grant will allow WCTC to provide an educational pathway for participants interested in pursuing a career in information technology, including enterprise network support, network infrastructure and cyber security. This pathway consists of four stacked certificates which lead into an embedded technical diploma and then directly into the IT Network Professional associate degree. WCTC offers multiple articulation agreements which will allow the students to transfer to many four year schools with junior-level standing.
Students participating in the advanced, hybrid Network Technology pathway will also benefit from a week-long boot camp prior to beginning the program to prepare students for courses, dedicated tutoring services provided by peer tutors, mentoring and coaching support and 24/7 access to WCTC NetLabs for additional technology practice.
Wisconsin’s technical colleges received one of the largest single awards and the collaboration is one of the few applicants to successfully receive back-to-back grants.
Culinary students cook Thanksgiving dinners
WCTC’s Culinary Management students cooked turkeys donated by The Schroeder Group, S.C., Attorneys at Law, for a community meal service project. The student-prepared meals were donated to the Waukesha County Food Pantry and Sparks Alliance. Additionally, Culinary students also prepared complete grab-and-go Thanksgiving meals for students who use Campus Cupboard, the College’s food pantry. The project is part of WCTC’s commitment to service learning and community involvement.
Left to right: WCTC Culinary Management students Blair Simmons, Christina DeGrave and Jennifer Tate, WCTC Culinary instructor Chef Jack Birren.
Cosmetology students raise funds for Pink Possible, host Easter Seals intern
Twenty WCTC Cosmetology students recently raised $1,473 for Aurora Healthcare’s Pink Possible campaign, which supports breast cancer education, research, prevention and survivorship activities.
Throughout October, the students gave clients pink hair extensions and hosted an event that included a bake sale and spa services. WCTC students have raised more than $12,000 over the past five years to contribute to the cause.
Cosmetology students are also currently providing soft skills work training in the Style & Class Salon to an intern from the Easter Seals Career Connect program. In addition, the students held a seminar for 12 adults from the program to prepare them for basic personal care and hygiene at work. The seminar provided students with experience working with special needs clients.