Conroy wins C.L. Greiber Award for Merit
Dan Conroy, operations manager for the Nexen Group, a
Minnesota-based manufacturing company with a facility in Webster, Wis., has
recently been awarded the C.L. Greiber Award of Merit.
Each year the Wisconsin Association for Career and
Technical Education (WACTE) recognizes individuals outside the field of career
and technical education for their outstanding contributions to the improvement,
promotion and development of career, technical and adult education in Wisconsin.
Individuals recognized must have demonstrated a concern for career and technical
education as evidenced through activities such as sponsored programs, personal
services, supportive publications, financial support, or meritorious activities.
Conroy has been actively involved in helping to promote the
manufacturing industry and the many high-paying jobs it offers. This has made
him a perfect representative of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College and the
many manufacturing-based career options it provides.
Through his involvement with Manufacturing Works, an
organization that promotes jobs in manufacturing, Conroy has helped to raise
awareness for the role the industry plays in our country’s economic growth and
ability to compete in a global marketplace. Manufacturing Works represents a
partnership of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Chippewa Valley Technical
College and the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Conroy has also been active in
Gold Collar Careers, a grass-roots organization with membership from both the
manufacturing community and the public sector, that promotes manufacturing.
In an effort to promote career paths in the manufacturing
industry, Conroy has worked with middle and high schools sharing information
about manufacturing related careers, and providing presentations at community
and professional events. This information promotes an understanding of the
impact manufacturing has on Wisconsin, and the significant number of jobs the
“Dan is a difference maker and believes in the value of
career and technical education,” said Bob Meyer, president of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical
College. “Often single-handedly, he has changed the hearts and minds
of young people aspiring for such careers or changed the thinking of decision
makers who can help strengthen and promote these career paths.”
His hard work has paid off. WITC’s manufacturing programs
are attracting increasing numbers of students – from recent high school
graduates who are eager to enter a field that offers stability and high wages to
working adults in search of new and better career options.
“We have seen people’s lives transformed by this,” Conroy
said. “Maybe they’ve gone from one dead-end job to another. It’s hard to go back
to school, but the potential is so grand. They suddenly have good jobs, jobs
they like. It’s hard to take that first step, but it’s more than worth it. It’s
a great investment.”