President's Perspective

WCTC's 2014-17 Strategic Plan ready for implementation

With the mission, vision and values all reviewed and validated by WCTC staff and community members, four new strategic goals focused on the core of the College's mission, while being acutely aware of the future, are in place for the next three years.

  • Competent Completion: We will prepare a competent workforce by sustaining a culture of excellence that provides students every opportunity to earn a credential.
  • Collaborative Partnerships: We will engage in internal and external partnerships that advance the College mission to build strong communities.
  • Global Integration: We will cultivate a global mindset in our students and staff to enhance our region's competitiveness in the global marketplace.
  • Talent Management: We will provide and maintain systems that support a high performing WCTC workforce that meets the needs of our students and the community.

A cross-functional team of administration, faculty, support staff, students and board members worked through goal-aligned task forces to define the goals, objectives and metrics. In addition, a communication task force held numerous College Conversations, Board Presentations and Information Sessions to make sure that all feedback was received and discussed. To further solidify this plan, a staff, student, employer and community survey was conducted and analyzed to clarify and refine the strategic goals.

Alignment and accountability are the theme of WCTC's 2014-17 Strategic Plan as all units align division and department plans to the Strategic Plan. Taking it one step further, each employee is being asked to reflect on his/her specific role in the strategic plan and how it aligns with their personal and professional goal setting and achievement.

Now that the plan has been determined, a College team consisting of the President's Executive Cabinet and the Quality Advisory Team will take responsibility for its deployment, along with regular monitoring of performance metrics, through 2017 when the college will embark on the process once again.

U.S. Sen. Johnson visits WCTC

Sen. Ron Johnson visits with School of Applied Technologies students in the Welding lab at WCTC.
Sen. Ron Johnson visits with School of Applied Technologies students in the Welding lab at WCTC.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson visited WCTC on April 14 to meet with students, tour the College and hold a town hall meeting for the community. The event was held in conjunction with the Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce. Nearly 100 people attended Sen. Johnson's town hall meeting and presentation, "A Businessman Goes to Washington."

WCTC hosts 'Elected Officials' Fire and EMS Experience Day

WCTC hosts 'Elected Officials' Fire and EMS Experience DayThe Waukesha County Fire Chiefs Association held an "Elected Officials" Fire and EMS Experience Day on April 12 at WCTC. Courtney Carlson, WCTC Fire and EMS coordinator, helped plan the event.

The Fire Chief's Association demonstrated a simulated EMS call, fire attack, use of radio communications and operations of fire vehicles. The officials were given the opportunity to participate in the demonstrations in the roles of the responders.

John Zogby talks 'First Globals' at event

John Zogby talks 'First Globals' at event
WCTC International Education Coordinator Austin Baade, IIW President Al Durtka, WCTC President Barbara Prindiville, Ph.D., John Zogby, District Board Chair Pauline Jaske, District Board Secretary/Treasurer Pat Deklotz, Ph.D., Board member Elizabeth Thelen.

International speaker and pollster John Zogby was the guest speaker at a recent event held by WCTC's Office of International Education and the International Institute of Wisconsin (IIW). WCTC President Barbara Prindiville, Ph.D., and International Education Coordinator Austin Baade are members of IIW's Board of Directors.

Zogby, founder of the "Zogby Poll" and the Zogby companies, spoke about his book, The First Globals: Understanding, Managing, and Unleashing Our Millennial Generation. The book provides a detailed analysis of why Americans born between 1979 and 1994 are more globally aware and sensitive and how we begin to understand them and position them for their futures.

WCTC Culinary instructors Michelle Gasparek and Rachel Oliver provided desserts alongside Bruce Cartwright, who provided coffee drinks.

Information Technology students win awards at national conference

Information Technology students win awards at national conference
Instructor Mark Krzyszkowski, students Chanel McKinney and Darius Jackson, instructors Jeff Grissom and Matt Green, students Tyler Bruenig, Matt Thompson, Laura Hendrickson, Greg Clark and Ryan Corbin.

Fifteen Information Technology (IT) students recently competed in the Association of Information Technology Professionals' (AITP) National Collegiate Conference in Atlanta.

A team of software development students won second place in the Code: 24 Entrepreneurship Code-a-thon, by presenting a unique Mobile Application idea with a working prototype. The team of Laura Hendrickson, Ryan Corbin, Darius Jackson, Chanel McKinney, Gregory Clarke, Andrew Quimby and Tyler Bruenig presented their App to a board of entrepreneurs. WCTC IT Network Specialist student Matt Thompson won first place in the Security competition.

The winners in the 12 competitions were dominated by large universities including Purdue and Brigham Young University. WCTC was the only Wisconsin Technical College to win or place in an event. The students were coached and mentored by WCTC faculty Mark Krzyszkowski, Matt Green and Jeff Grissom.

Additionally, Green, one of the faculty chaperones, was awarded the George Eggert Award. This award is presented to the faculty member that scores the highest on the Institute for the Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP) exam.

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Prindiville named to 'Women of Influence' list

WCTC President Barbara Prindiville, Ph.D., has been chosen as a recipient of the Milwaukee Business Journal's Women of Influence Awards 2014 in the Public Policy category. The award honors female leaders who have made or are making a difference in government policies or laws that impact business and industry. Over the last several years, WCTC has led the way with innovative programming and public-private partnerships to meet the needs of employers. Prindiville will be honored at a luncheon on June 20 in Milwaukee.

WCTC Culinary grad wins James Beard award

Justin Aprahamian, a WCTC graduate and the chef and owner of Sanford restaurant.

Justin Aprahamian, a WCTC graduate and the chef and owner of Sanford restaurant, has won the James Beard award for best chef Midwest.

Aprahamian graduated from the College's Culinary and Restaurant Management program in 2002. Shortly before graduation he joined the staff at the world-class Sanford Restaurant in Milwaukee. He climbed the ranks and in 2008, was named chef de cuisine. In 2012, he acquired the restaurant from longtime owner and renowned chef Sanford D'Amato.

Aprahamian has been nominated twice for the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Midwest (otherwise known as the "Oscars of the Food World") and was a semi-finalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year. He has been a willing guest lecturer/chef for WCTC students.

Special Events class hosts fundraiser

Special Events class hosts fundraiser

The WCTC Special Events Management class recently hosted a Wine and Food Pairing fundraiser for the renovation of the Culinary Kitchen and Classic Room at WCTC. Hospitality and Culinary Management Associate Dean Brad Beran, Ph.D., presented a comparison of traditional wines from old-world Italy with the new world of America's West Coast vineyards.