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

Waukesha County Technical College students, faculty, staff and District Board members have many opportunities to meet with both state and federal elected officials to discuss various initiatives happening at our campus.

Here are just a few examples of recent WCTC delegations from the State Capitol to Capitol Hill.

WCTC's Dual Enrollment Academy
WCTC Dual Enrollment Academy students gather in the pre-reception area in the East Wing of the Capitol before meeting Gov. Scott Walker prior to his State of the State address.
Left to right: Jacob Rosenthal, Samuel Fex, Justin Cerny, Thomas Putnam, Tyler Polaski, Dale Medved, Micah Kordik, Collin Hodson, AJ Hoelke, John Davis, Scott Thom, Zachary Rademan

  • Twelve students enrolled in WCTC's Dual Enrollment Academy were featured in Gov. Scott Walker's State of the State address on Jan. 22 at the Capitol. Several of the students' parents attended and were able to watch the address from the Assembly gallery or in the pre-reception area.
  • More than 60 students from all 16 Wisconsin Technical Colleges attended the Student Showcase Feb. 18 at the State Capitol to share information with legislators about their service-learning projects. WCTC showcased the "Give Kids A Smile" program which was a collaborative effort involving students from several programs and the Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic. WCTC was also well-represented by vice presidents, deans, associate deans and other managers from the College.

Student Showcase
Wisconsin Technical College System students gather to share information with legislators at the State Capitol Feb. 18.

  • WCTC District Board Chair Pauline Jaske, member Alan Karch and Shelly Kuhn from the President's Office attended the American Community College Trustee Conference Feb. 10-13 in Washington, DC. The WCTC group attended the Higher Education Policy Academy and other information sessions along with community college representatives - including fellow Wisconsin Technical Colleges - and met with legislators and staffers at the offices of Sen. Ron Johnson, Rep. James F. Sensenbrenner and Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
  • Several WCTC faculty and staff attended the Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education Legislative Seminar held Feb. 18 in Madison. Staff shared information about College initiatives with the offices of Rep. Adam Neylon and Rep. Dale Kooyenga.

WCTC moving forward with Malcolm Baldrige

In alignment with the Higher Learning Commission Criteria for Accreditation, specialized accreditation standards and other internal continuous improvement processes, the College is pursuing the Wisconsin Forward Award. This award program is focused on organizational self-study using the Malcolm Baldrige Education Criteria for Performance Excellence and includes answers to questions in seven categories including: Leadership, Strategic Planning, Customer Focus, Measurement, Analysis and Knowledge Management, Workforce Focus, Operations Focus and Results.

The WCTC Forward Project Team includes:

  • Dan Rusch - Mechanical Design instructor
  • Patty Reighter - Admissions Assessment coordinator
  • Dawn Voigt - Program Development and Education coordinator
  • Mary Poehls - Quality Value instructor
  • Esther Kramer - Accreditation and Evaluation coordinator

To prepare for the July 30 application deadline, these individuals are discussing the category questions with members of the college community. During the August All-Staff In-Service, everyone will have a chance to learn more about this project and participate in a celebration of excellence at WCTC. Watch for more information to come regarding this exciting initiative.

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February 2014


Upcoming Dates

February 27
School of Business Open House

March 5
WCTC College Transfer Fair

March 13
School of Applied Technologies Open House

March 17 - 23
Spring Break

April 7
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Advancing Wisconsin Manufacturing Seminar to highlight college, employee partnerships

Waukesha County Technical College will host a seminar on March 4 with a focus on advancing the competitiveness and growth of manufacturers in the Waukesha County region and on supporting entrepreneurship that drives expansion.

The seminar, co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Manufacturing & Commerce (WMC) Foundation, will take place at the Harry V. Quadracci Education and Technology Center, (Rooms Q361, 365 and 369) with a breakfast program starting at 7:30 a.m.

The morning's program will feature Jim Morgan, president of the WMC Foundation, who will discuss his group's "Future Wisconsin Initiative," designed to identify key goals in ensuring the state can attract and retain the talent necessary to grow the economy. In addition, college leaders and partners will spotlight innovative practices that are delivering the skills needed by area manufacturers.

Learn more or register.

Membership on the rise at WCTC Firing Range

More than 100 people have signed up for membership at the WCTC Firing Range. The state-of-the-art facility is available to local law enforcement, WCTC Police Academy students and the general public. The range was made possible through a unique public/private partnership with the WCTC Foundation and area businesses that have provided in-kind and monetary donations for the project.

Woman using firing range.

Learn more about the WCTC Firing Range.