President's Perspective

Dear Friends of Waukesha County Technical College,

As you may know, I have officially announced my retirement effective July 31, 2014. I am proud of the leadership I have shown and the work done on behalf of our students, staff and community since becoming president of WCTC in 2006. These accomplishments include:

  • Promoting service-learning efforts to strengthen our communities and increase student engagement hours to 40,000 per year. These efforts resulted in the College receiving the U.S. Presidential Higher Education Community Honor Roll for Service Learning in 2009, 2012 and 2013.
  • Championing efforts to promote global awareness among students and staff by incorporating international elements into course curriculum and offering study abroad opportunities and faculty exchanges.
  • Creating a one-stop Enrollment Center to ensure students have seamless access to advising, counseling, admission, registration and financial aid services.
  • Launching the WCTC Dual Enrollment Academy in 2013 to train high school students in high-demand fields to fill the statewide employment skills gap.
  • Partnering with Lincoln Electric to provide more than $250,000 worth of welding equipment to our campus to train students on the most up-to-date equipment available.
  • Completing construction of a 5,300-square-foot Transportation Building to allow for continuity of training for the College's Truck Driving technical diploma program and Protective and Human Services courses.
  • Establishing numerous articulation agreements with four-year universities and colleges to allow seamless transfer of credit for WCTC students to continue their career pathway and reach their full potential.
  • Continuously developing new College programs based on employer demand – most recently a technical diploma and an associate degree in Baking and Pastry and a technical diploma in HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning).
  • Opening the WCTC Firing Range in 2013 to meet the firearms training needs of our students, local law enforcement and the general public.
  • Leading and supporting efforts to establish an award-winning employee Wellness Program to help staff realize an improved quality of life.

There is so much more we have accomplished together – too many accomplishments to list here – and none of them would have been possible without the support of College faculty and staff, our business partners, government officials and community leaders. That's why I'm confident this great work will continue as each of you work to carry out the mission and vision of WCTC. The WCTC District Board, in collaboration with College officials, will prepare to launch a national search to identify the next president of WCTC.

I am forever grateful for the opportunity to serve as president of this innovative, nationally-recognized institution. I am honored that WCTC is where I will conclude my 34 years of administrative leadership and teaching experience within the Wisconsin Technical College System.

Fire Protection program receives national recognition

Fire Protection program receives national recognition

WCTC's Fire Protection Technician program has been recognized by the National Fire Academy's Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) initiative as complying with the academy's core model curriculum.

The recognition allows WCTC students to obtain National Fire Academy certificates for completion of several Associate of Applied Science degree courses.

"The FESHE recognition is beneficial for our students as they progress through their educational journey," said Greg West, dean of WCTC's School of Protective and Human Services. "It provides a certain level of standardization across the country for fire programs, encourages a formal transitional process from an associate degree to a bachelor's degree within fire service disciplines, and may one day set the standard for higher education employment requirements within fire service."

Learn more about WCTC's Fire Protection Technician program.

Three College staff complete WLDI program

Three College staff successfully completed the 2014 Wisconsin Leadership Development Institute (WLDI). WLDI develops leaders in all areas of technical college administration based on ability, promotability and personal goals. The program also seeks to increase diversity of leaders across all management levels.

WCTC's 2014 WLDI completers are:

  • Jonathan Pedraza, Student Life coordinator
  • Courtney Carlson, Fire/EMS coordinator
  • Mark Montgomery, associate dean, Construction and Transportation Technologies
Three College staff complete WLDI program

WLDI has joint certification through WTCS and the Chair Academy, which has national and international recognition for leadership training.

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July 2014


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Career Connections director honored with award

Barbara Suyama

Barbara Suyama, director of Career Connections at WCTC, recently received the National Career Development Association (NCDA) Outstanding Career Practitioner Award. The award recognizes practicing career counselors, consultants or teachers for outstanding performance in day-to-day service.

Suyama has worked in the Career Development Services Department of WCTC since 1979. She received her award at the 2014 NCDA Global Career Development Conference in Long Beach, California on June 20.