CDL initiative promotes employment opportunities in state's trucking industry

CDL initiative promotes employment opportunities in state's trucking industry

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), along with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC); the Wisconsin Technical College System and several large trucking companies, has partnered on an initiative to build more public awareness of opportunities in the state's trucking industry.

The program was highlighted at an event held April 4 at WCTC's Transportation Building. The event was attended by Gov. Scott Walker along with representatives from DWD, WEDC, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The goal of the Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Training initiative is to train 300 Wisconsin residents to become truck drivers and to assist them in obtaining employment, at a self-sufficient wage, with a Wisconsin trucking company. The program has been developed in response to an industry truck driver shortage.

Training will be provided by programs available at Waukesha County Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Fox Valley Technical College and Chippewa Valley Technical College. Training will primarily take place through a 4-week short-term technical diploma program but options may include a 16-week program or refresher training for individuals who already have a CDL.

Employers associated with this program have committed to provide starting annual wages equal to or in excess of industry standards, as well as providing a structured finishing program to graduates upon employment.

WCTC and Cardinal Stritch complete transfer agreement in digital media

WCTC and Cardinal Stritch complete transfer agreement in digital media
Bottom row, from left: David Hengst, Senior Undergraduate Admissions counselor; Dr. Dan Scholz, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Denine Rood, WCTC Vice President of Learning; and Sarah Nitschke, Associate Professor of Art. Top row, from left: Beth Felch, WCTC Academic Advisor; Chris Head, Coordinator of Prior Learning Assessment & Articulation, Mark Rzeznik, WCTC Associate Dean, Graphic Arts and Engineering; Mike Shiels, WCTC Dean of the School of Applied Technologies

A new credit transfer agreement between Waukesha County Technical College and Cardinal Stritch University allows WCTC graduates the ability to continue their studies in Stritch's new bachelor of arts in Digital Media program.

Students earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Graphic Design from WCTC as of May 2014 may transfer up to 69 credits toward a B.A. in Digital Media at Cardinal Stritch University. The new major prepares students for careers in the ever-evolving fields of media and digital arts, including social media, website design and print design.

All students who major in Digital Media are required to choose a minor in a different field of study. Options include communication arts, business, computer science, and photography.

"Our students are showing increasing interest in transfer opportunities to four-year universities so they can continue their education and climb their career ladder," said Denine Rood, WCTC Vice President of Learning. "We're committed to providing them with seamless credit transfer to premier partner institutions like Cardinal Stritch."

Equipment donation enhances skills training

Equipment donation enhances skills training
Left to right: Jesse Stuller, WCTC Automation Systems Technology Instructor; Denine Rood, WCTC Vice President of Learning; Robert Novak, WCTC Associate Dean of Manufacturing; Michael Shiels, WCTC Dean of the School of Applied Technologies; Dennis Miller, ABB Sr. Technical Instructor; Aaron Aleithe, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Drives and Controls, USA; Keith Jurkowski, WCTC Automation Systems Technology Instructor; Barbara Prindiville, Ph.D., WCTC President; and James Schabowski, WCTC Automation Systems Technology Instructor

ABB Inc. recently donated eight new motor drives democases to WCTC's School of Applied Technologies. The equipment is a valued addition to the school's Automation Systems Technology and Electronics Laboratory. The drives are ideal for students to use, program and test as they become familiar with drive technology for the first time.

"The equipment enables us to upgrade our labs and gives students enhanced hands-on training with the latest available drives technology," said Jesse Stuller, automation instructor and supporter of industry-academic support programs at WCTC. "Our goal is to provide the highest quality education to our students. Our partnership with industry provides the avenue to accomplish that goal."

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April 2014


Upcoming Dates

April 12
Children's Spring Party

April 17
Health Fair

April 23
Showcase of Student Learning

April 24
Early Childhood Education Portfolio Showcase

April 26
Old World/New World Wine and Food Pairing

April 28
Interior Design Portfolio Showcase

April 29
Spring Awards Program

May 1
Waukesha County Jail Recognition Ceremony

May 7
Fall Priority Registration Begins

May 7
Graphic Design, Web Design and Print Media Portfolio Review

May 14
Spring Job Fair

May 17
Commencement Ceremony

May 19
Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Dual Enrollment students shine at Cybersecurity Competition

Dual Enrollment students shine at Cybersecurity Competition
Dual Enrollment students Zachary Rademan, John Davis, Preston Roethle and Stephen Hendren participated in the Cybersecurity Competition.

Members of WCTC's Dual Enrollment Academy Information Technology co-hort recently participated in the National High School Cybersecurity Competition held by the Air Force Association.

During the round, teams compete online to identify and solve vulnerabilities in simulated computer networks. WCTC's Dual Enrollment team, called "The SOS Brigade of America", placed first in the State Recognition Round and later placed third in the Midwest - and 21st in the United States - at the Regional Recognition Round.

The students hope to secure entry level jobs as they continue their education and graduate from the Dual Enrollment Academy program.

National Rube Goldberg event held at WCTC

Nearly 300 high school students from throughout the United States participated in the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest - National High School Competition held April 5 at WCTC. This year's contest challenged participants to build complicated zipper machines.

This is the second year WCTC held the high school nationals; the College has held the Milwaukee regionals on campus for the past four years. Wisconsin's very own New Auburn High School won the competition.

Two special guests were in attendance at the high school national competition: Jennifer George and Joseph Herscher. George is the granddaughter of the late Rube Goldberg, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer and inventor for whom the contest is named; and Herscher is a New York-based kinetic artist whose Rube Goldberg-inspired machines have made him a YouTube sensation among millions of viewers.