WCTC receives $1.7 million Blueprint for Prosperity grant
WCTC welding students Andrew Orgovan and Lizbeth Ocasio with Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch at the Blueprint for Prosperity grant announcement July 23 at Waukesha County Technical College.
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson visited WCTC on July 23 to announce the release of a grant under the Wisconsin Fast Forward; Blueprint for Prosperity initiative.
Gov. Scott Walker signed into law his "Blueprint for Prosperity" initiative in March 2014. The legislation provides more than $35 million in additional funding to expand the DWD-operated Wisconsin Fast Forward program. One focus is to provide grants for the Wisconsin Technical College System to reduce waiting lists for enrollment in programs and courses in high-demand fields. WCTC's portion of the grant is $1.7 million.
"These grant dollars will significantly impact the journey of our students pursuing high-demand programs such as welding, computer numerical control (CNC), early childhood education and transportation, and in turn benefit our local economy," said Kaylen Betzig, interim president of Waukesha County Technical College. "We are pleased and honored that the governor recognizes WCTC's work as an important and valuable investment."
WCTC delegation attends annual CQIN Conference
Photo (Left to right: WCTC Interim President Kaylen Betzig, Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness Esther Kramer, Vice President of Human Resources Dave Brown, Director of Library Services Terry Kemper, Web Assistant Dan Guerin, Quality Value Instructor/Advisor Mary Poehls, Associate Dean of Basic Education Bethany Leonard, Architectural Drafting/Construction Technologies Instructor Patrick Seitz)
Eight WCTC staff members participated in the 2014 Continuous Quality Improvement Network (CQIN) Summer Institute July 30 through Aug. 2 in St. Louis. CQIN is a higher education membership organization that offers networking and learning opportunities to foster continuous improvement and achievement of performance excellence. This year's theme was "Creating a Culture of Engagement to Optimize Organizational Systems and Performance."
Interim President Kaylen Betzig, Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness Esther Kramer, Quality Value Instructor/Advisor Mary Poehls, Director of Library Services Terry Kemper, Web Assistant Dan Guerin, and Associate Dean of Basic Education Bethany Leonard presented on the topic "Strategic Planning Engagement Strategies –Getting Everyone on the Same Page!" – regarding how the College engaged external and internal stakeholders in the creation of WCTC's 2014-17 Strategic Plan.
College hosts statewide meeting for Internship program
WCTC hosted the first-ever statewide meeting of Internship program staff on July 31. WCTC's program, which requires an internship in almost all associate degree programs, is highly regarded by other colleges as well as employers in the state. This meeting is the first of planned annual meetings, in addition to conference calls, for the purpose of increasing and providing consistency in experiences statewide.
The meeting was organized by Tim Alft, Student Employment Services coordinator. Twenty-two internship staff from 11 of Wisconsin's technical colleges convened to discuss agenda items which included internship agreements, insurance and liability, the federal minimum wage ruling, program marketing, establishing an internship program and best practices.