WITC's Meyer receives 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
“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.”