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WITC's Meyer receives President's Award

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College president Bob Meyer was recently selected as a recipient of a Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education’s 2013 President’s Award.

(4/29/13): Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College president Bob Meyer was recently selected as a recipient of a Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education’s 2013 President’s Award. This award is presented each year to outstanding professionals in career and technical education.

“I’m humbled and appreciative to have received this recognition because of the high regard I have for the Wisconsin Association of Career and Technical Education,” said Meyer.

The Wisconsin Association of Career and Technical Education (WACTE) combines the efforts of more than 800 professionals from all levels of education in Wisconsin, as well as business and industry partners to promote Career and Technical Education (CTE). WACTE’s focus is on professional development of its members and development of CTE leadership statewide. 

“As we consider the vital role CTE plays in our economy preparing individuals to be ‘job ready,’ I am profoundly grateful for WACTE’s role in advocating for the importance of CTE across Wisconsin,” said Meyer. “I’ve been inspired by this organization under executive director Bette Lou Esser’s leadership and I am proud that one of our own at WITC, Leslie Bleskachek, currently serves as WACTE’s president.”

“Bob set aside funding for WITC employees to attend CTE events at a time of unprecedented budget cuts,” said Bleskachek, who also serves as WITC academic dean, Business Division. He also attended and participated in many of the organized events during the year. The fact that he set aside time in his very busy calendar demonstrates his commitment to CTE, its stakeholders and students. In addition, he clearly places a priority on these supportive events, which serves a model for our other members, who might claim it is difficult to find time in their schedules for CTE support. If a president can find the time and resources, others can as well.”

Meyer received his award April 11 during the annual Professional Development Conference in Middleton, Wis.

“Given its rich history of contributions to CTE statewide, I am very moved to have received this recognition,” said Meyer. “However, I believe this recognition reflects less on me personally and more on the many people at WITC that have contributed their efforts to WACTE, as well as our staff and faculty that have devoted their energies toward excellence in providing CTE offerings, which enormously benefit our students.”

Meyer is quick to acknowledge many WITC staff members he feels contributed to his winning of the award.

“We have a number of staff that are also involved with this incredibly valuable organization that were on hand when I received this recognition including Barb Sommerfeld, Kevin Lipsky, Lisa Wenzel, Todd Solberg, Bleskachek, Larry Gee, Gerry Ranallo, Adam Nelson and Tina Nygren,” said Meyer. “Several of our automated packaging systems program students were also on hand. WITC has provided longtime leadership and involvement with WACTE, including many years of dedicated leadership from Mike Bark (retired WITC-Ashland faculty member).”

“Bob was always willing to support these efforts, was front and center at many events, and was also willing to present at regional events and CTE panels,” said Bleskachek. “Not only is his personal commitment exceptional, it is also great, as a CTE professional, to know that your college leadership supports and recognizes your efforts when you step out to take a leadership role in a state organization. I personally appreciate his support during my year as WACTE president.”