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
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
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."