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Record participation in spring Commencement ceremonies

Record participation in spring Commencement ceremonies
WCTC President Barbara Prindiville, Ph.D., Outstanding Student Award winner and student Commencement speaker Melinda Mastel (Global Business program) and guest Commencement speaker Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

Nearly 450 graduates - a College record - participated in the spring 2014 Commencement ceremonies held May 17 at WCTC. Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch served as the Commencement speaker. The College awarded a combined total of 947 degrees, certificates and diplomas this spring.

WCTC holds Legislative Breakfast

WCTC holds Legislative Breakfast
Photo left to right: Sen. Paul Farrow, Rep. Dale Kooyenga, Rep. Adam Neylon, Waukesha County Board Chair Paul Decker and Jefferson County Board Chair Jim Schroeder participate in the Legislative Breakfast.

Several state legislators, local government officials and employers participated in WCTC's Legislative Breakfast held June 4 at the College. The event provided the opportunity for College representatives and District Board members to share information about WCTC initiatives, including efforts to fill the manufacturing skills gap.

WCTC Foundation awarded grant to support 'Schools2Skills' program

WCTC Foundation awarded grant to support Schools2Skills program
Left to right: Waukesha County Business Alliance President Suzanne Kelley, WCTC Foundation President Ellen Phillips, AT&T Director of External Affairs Tricia Conway, Waukesha County Business Alliance Director, Membership Development and WCTC District Board Trustee Mary Baer, WCTC Dean of the School of Applied Technologies Mike Shiels, Sen. Paul Farrow.

The Waukesha County Technical College Foundation has received a $5,000 AT&T Innovation & Investment Award to support the Waukesha County Business Alliance's "Schools2SkillsTM" program and encourage high school students to consider careers in manufacturing.

The AT&T donation will help the program serve about 500 students next school year. Schools2Skills takes Waukesha County high school students, parents and educators on tours of three manufacturing facilities and the WCTC Engineering and Manufacturing Center. The goal is to inspire participants to learn about manufacturing careers in Waukesha County, including career paths, salaries and the education required to succeed in today's manufacturing environment.

"We know many of our manufacturers are looking for workers to fill highly-skilled, technologically-advanced jobs," said Ellen S. Phillips, president of the WCTC Foundation. "Part of our mission is to educate our young people that manufacturing has evolved over time and is much more advanced and focused on technology. This contribution from AT&T will help us further our efforts to educate and encourage students to consider exciting careers in manufacturing."

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WCTC District Board members re-appointed to three-year terms

Waukesha County Technical College District Board members Ron Bertieri, Luis Hernandez, Jr., and Mary Wehrheim have been re-appointed to three-year terms through June 2017. Their appointments were recently confirmed by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board.

Mary Wehrheim

Wehrheim is the president of Stanek Tool Corporation and was originally appointed to the Board in July 2008. She resides in the City of Pewaukee.

Ron Bertieri

Bertieri is the former president and CEO of Friction Stir Link, Inc., and has been a Board member since 1995. He resides in Menomonee Falls.

Luis Hernandez

Hernandez is the president of Urethane Systems Plus, Inc. and was appointed to the Board in January 2013. He resides in the City of Waukesha.

The WCTC District Board is made up of nine appointed members. All serve on a voluntary basis. The members are appointed by a board appointment committee comprised of the county Board chairpersons of the counties in the WCTC District including Waukesha, Dodge, Jefferson and Racine. The chairperson of the Waukesha County Board, the most populous portion of the College's District, serves as District Board appointment chair.