Students shine at Winter Commencement 2013

Winter Commencement 2013

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

Nearly 200 students participated in the Winter 2013 Commencement ceremony at Waukesha County Technical College on Dec. 18. A total of 406 received their diploma, certificate or associate degree from WCTC last semester. Wisconsin Technical College System President Morna Foy was the keynote speaker.

Tool and Die program graduate Charles Robel, who is an Outstanding Student Award winner, was the student speaker. His accomplishments include serving as a squad leader in the US Army, earning various military awards and medals and assisting with his community Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

The other WCTC Outstanding Student Award winners are:

School of Business: Cassandra Miller, Culinary Management

Some of her accomplishments include:

  • Serving as a leader and active member in the Hospitality and Culinary Club
  • Being selected as the recipient of a scholarship from Culver's restaurants
  • Gaining diverse hands-on experience through the WCTC internship program, full-time employment in the industry, competitions and international travel
School of Protective and Human Services: Alexander Rach, Criminal Justice

Some of his accomplishments include:

  • Being selected for membership in Phi Theta Kappa
  • Membership in the Racine County volunteer organization
  • Gaining a variety of experience in his field through assistance with police department trainings and completion of certifications through the Personal Protection Academy of Wisconsin
School of Health: Kari Renn, Nursing

Some of her accomplishments include:

  • Involvement with the WCTC Nursing Club
  • Serving as a mentor and role model for students entering the Nursing program at WCTC while completing her own studies
  • Maintaining an active role in community activities, including 4-H, the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board, among others

Congratulations to all WCTC Winter 2013 graduates!

FIRST Robotics Kick-off a success

FIRST Robotics Kick-off a success

A record 810 people participated in this year's For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Kick-off held Jan. 4 at Waukesha County Technical College. The event was co-sponsored by GE Healthcare.

Visitors were welcomed by School of Applied Technologies Dean Mike Shiels, learned about this year's competition, walked the playing field in the gym, picked up kits-of-parts from the industrial barn and learned about WCTC. Teams from across Wisconsin participated including local teams from high schools in Pewaukee, Sussex, Hartland, Oconomowoc, Waukesha, Mukwonago, Brookfield, New Berlin, Hartford, Wales, Madison and teams from the Milwaukee area. Teams now have six weeks to design, build and ship their robots to competitions.

WCTC Co-op/Internship Program featured at Regional Conference

WCTC Co-op/Internship Program featured at Regional Conference

WCTC staff members Kim Houk and Dan Noordyk recently partnered with Wauwatosa Police Department officials to present information on the WCTC Co-op/Internship Program at the Midwest Cooperative Education and Internship Association Conference in Indianapolis.

Their presentation was titled "Law Enforcement Internships - Rewards and Challenges." The Wauwatosa Police Department typically works with several WCTC Co-op students each semester.

Photo left to right: WCTC Co-op/Internship assistant Kim Houk, Wauwatosa Police Department Sgt. Paul Leist, WCTC Law Enforcement instructor Dan Noordyk, Wauwatosa Police Department patrol specialist Don Semega.

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Faculty member named to Milwaukee Business Journal's '40 Under 40' class

WCTC Fire and EMS Coordinator Courtney Carlson

WCTC Fire and EMS Coordinator Courtney Carlson was recently named to the Milwaukee Business Journal's '40 Under 40' class of young professionals who represent the future of community leadership in southeastern Wisconsin. Carlson's nomination was one of about 270 received by the Business Journal.

Carlson is involved in many state-level committees including:

  • EMS Transitions Committee
  • EMS Refresher Practical Evaluation Tool Committee
  • Advanced EMT Curriculum Committee
  • EMS Instructor Evaluation Committee
  • Emergency Services Instructor Curriculum Committee
  • WTCS Fire Service training Policy and Procedure Committee

She is also co-director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety (WAFS) Summer Camp for Burn Injured Youth. Internally, she is working to create an onboarding and continuing education process for adjunct instructors. Carlson is a member of WCTC's Emergency Response Team (ERT) Steering Committee and the Review Committee for Instructor Occupational Competency Program opportunities.

"There isn't a current firefighter or EMT in the state who is not impacted by Courtney's work," said Greg West, dean of the School of Protective and Human Services. "She is most deserving of this award."

WCTC hosts Scout Merit Badge Clinic

WCTC hosts Scout Merit Badge Clinic

More than 150 Webelos Scouts and Boy Scouts participated in the NovaCon Merit Badge Clinic for the Boy Scouts of America held Dec. 7 at WCTC.

The Webelos Scouts (9 and 10 years old) worked on their Scholar Pin and several related Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) activities. The Boy Scouts completed Merit Badges in Welding, Veterinary Medicine, Truck Transportation, Scholarship, Nuclear Science, Medicine, Inventing, Engineering, Electronics and Chemistry. WCTC Electronics instructor Bob Steker, Metal Fabrication/Welding instructor Ken Heinritz and Truck Driving instructor Jeff Rood partnered with Scout leaders to help the boys complete some of the Merit Badges. The remaining Merit Badges were taught by experts in their respective fields.