WITC News and Events
Fall classes at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
began on Aug. 18, but as students returned from a Labor Day break, they were
greeted by a change in leadership. On Tuesday, Sept. 2, John Will started his
term as the eighth president of the college.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College has recently promoted Karen Hoglund to academic dean of its trade and technical
Wisconsin’s health care employers and workers will benefit from a $20 million
investment by the U.S. Department of Labor in the form of a grant to Wisconsin’s
technical colleges to address emerging needs in the health care sector.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College has recently promoted Kate Siegler to
Divisional Dean of Allied Health. Siegler had previously served as Academic Dean
and had been acting as the Interim Divisional Dean of Allied Health for the
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College instructor Frank Vidas was one of the
more than 125 education and business leaders from across the United States who
attended and learned from a National Coalition of Certification Centers NC3
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College president Bob Meyer has been named
President Emeritus by the WITC Board of Trustees. He received this honor at the
WITC Administrative Office in Shell Lake on July 14. President Emeritus is an
honorary title bestowed on a president who has served with distinction.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College along with Department of Workforce
Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary David Anderson announced the
release of a large grant under the Wisconsin Fast Forward; Blueprint for
Prosperity initiative to fund two new sections of WITC’s high-demand
program at both the New Richmond and Rice Lake campuses.
Department of Workforce Development (DWD)
Assistant Deputy Secretary David Anderson will visit WITC-Superior's student
atrium at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, to announce the release of a
grant under the Wisconsin Fast Forward; Blueprint for Prosperity initiative.
At the June meeting of the WITC Board of
Trustees, outgoing WITC President Bob Meyer was honored by the state
legislature for his years of service to the college.
The Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Board of
Trustees has selected John Will as the next President of WITC.
Two Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College graduates recently competed and
received highest honors at the 50th National Skills USA conference in
Kansas City. From the WITC-New Richmond campus, Dan Cunningham won first place
in marine; Austin Cooper, a WITC-Rice Lake campus graduate, placed first in
cabinetmaking. In addition, Chris LaPage from WITC-New Richmond, placed 8th
in the motorcycle competition.
BestColleges.com has named
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College among the nation’s top 100 online
colleges for the 2014 academic year.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is proud to
recognize Hilary Lambert, a 2005 graduate of the nursing program, as WITC-Superior’s
distinguished alumni for 2014
After six years of service with Wisconsin Indianhead
Technical College, President Bob Meyer has announced his acceptance of the
position of Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Leaders of Wisconsin’s two public higher education systems
signed an historic agreement that identifies up to 48 core credits that students
can transfer within or between the two systems
Each year, WITC surveys its graduates to find out how well
their degree or diploma prepared them for their career. The results reveal an
impressive track record of academic excellence and valuable career perspective.
Nine Motorcycle, Marine and Outdoor Power Equipment
students from WITC-New
Richmond recently competed in the 41st annual conference of Wisconsin
SkillsUSA in Madison.
Nearly 80 college students and their instructors, including
10 from WITC-New Richmond, recently competed in an industrial automation, controls
and networking (IACN) event hosted by Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.
At a recent breakfast sponsored by the New Richmond Chamber
of Commerce, guest Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch spoke about Wisconsin's economy
and other issues concerning citizens and business owners.
Highlighting the critical importance of improving student
success in America’s community colleges, the Aspen Institute College Excellence
Program named Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College among the nation’s top 150
community colleges eligible to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community
College Excellence and $1 million dollars in prize funds.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s campuses hosted
regional informational meetings about Wisconsin Fast Forward Grant
Opportunities. The events took place on Tuesday, March 4, from 2-4 p.m. at WITC-Superior in
the conference center and on Thursday, March 6, from 2-4 p.m. at WITC-Ashland in
As education continues to evolve in the 21st
Century, a new alliance has emerged between Wisconsin Indianhead Technical
College-New Richmond and the Renaissance Academy in River Falls. Select students
from the Academy may now attend classes at the technical college and receive
Armed with bright pink, blinged-out hard hats and a sense of adventure, 38 high
school girls from the Chequamegon Bay region got to be a high tech diva for a
day. Students participated in Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s Diva Tech,
held at WITC-Ashland. The event highlighted nontraditional careers in the trades
and technical fields and was sponsored by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, CESA
#12, NWCEP, WITC and the Career Prep Consortium.
Police dressed in tactical gear is a rare sight at any
location, but particularly surprising at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical
College's New Richmond campus during the students’ winter
break when the St. Croix County Emergency Response Team practiced maneuvers at
When JoAnn Martin taught English at WITC-Rice
Lake from 2000 to 2006, it reminded her of the years she was a college student
and the financial challenges she had faced. There were Pell Grants and loans,
and some scholarships, but there were students who still found it hard
to come up with the extra dollars to pay for books and other supplies
they needed for their classes.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s results from the
2013 Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) indicate that an overwhelming majority of
WITC students feel that personal connections they experience at the college are
critical to their academic success.
Although the school year is only a few days old, students
at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s four campuses have reason to be
especially optimistic. A study by Washington Monthly ranks WITC fourth among
two-year colleges nationwide.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College President Bob Meyer recently accepted
the district 3 National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR)
More than 300 students visited Wisconsin Indianhead
Technical College’s Ashland Campus for its 10th annual Career Day. Teens from 10
regional high schools had the chance to explore WITC’s career programs through hands-on activities.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College recently received
the donation of a composite airplane that will be used for education and
training purposes in the newly developed composite technology program, which began fall semester 2013.
Backed by a $14.9 million, three-year grant from the U.S.
Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career
Training (TAACCCT) Grant that
was awarded to Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical
College is able to better assist students entering the field of welding.
On the heels of being designated by Washington Monthly as
the fourth best two-Year college in the country, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical
College has again received national ranking. Bankrate has named WITC
one of its top two-year public colleges in the U.S.
Kim Olson, Executive Assistant to the President and the
Board, was recently honored with the 2013 ACCT Professional Board Staff Member
Award. This award is presented to a board staff member in recognition of
exemplary service to a board.
Within her first hours on the job, Dr. Bonny Copenhaver unpacked her personality. With her office freshly
painted in a relaxing but still upbeat blue, she let her collection of trinkets
that have followed her throughout her career find a spot in their new home. She is WITC-Superior’s
new campus administrator and vice president of academic affairs and wants her
space to reflect that she’s approachable for both staff and students, and she
wants you to call her Bonny.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is seeking comments
from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by
its regional accrediting agency. The College will host a visit October 23-25,
2013, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North
The new home to high tech computing is not Silicon Valley;
it’s the cloud. Due to security concerns and physical space limitations,
businesses large and small are becoming more reliant on virtual networking and
cloud computing, creating exciting new career opportunities.
Scott Wetter won’t be graduating until December, but he has
already had job offers as early as this past spring with the help of few
handshakes made possible by a few (hundred) dollars from his college, Wisconsin
Indianhead Technical College.
year, WITC surveys graduates to find out how well their degree or diploma
prepared them for their career. The results from 2012 graduates reveal an impressive track record of
academic excellence and valuable career perspective.
Students enrolled in the nursing assistant
course at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s Ashland campus have completed
classes for state requirements.
Veterans Randy Anderson and Tim Lloyd, students in WITC-Rice Lake's
Auto Collision Repair and Refinish Technician program, were recently awarded
3M Hire Our Heroes grants of $2,500 in tools to start their careers.
It is said that kissing the Blarney stone at Blarney Castle
near Cork, Ireland, will endow the kisser with great skill at verbal flattery. A
delegation from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College hopes that’s true as they
recently returned from an 11-day cultural exchange experience with Waterford
Institute of Technology in Waterford, Ireland.
Once again students in the WITC-Rice Lake Chapter
of Business Professionals Association (BPA) proved that they certainly are
tomorrow’s business professionals. Ten students attended the BPA National
Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla., the week of May 6, earning many
Chad Olson graduated from WITC-Rice Lake
in 1993, with what was then an agri-business degree and went to work as the feed
mill manager for Cenex in Cumberland. He was soon tapped to become
an agricultural lender at what was then First Star Bank.
To look at Steve Miller by the numbers, you’d see the most
important are 36, three and two, representing the years of marriage to his wife
Cindy, their adult children, Jason, Shannon and Rena, and their grandbabies,
Benjamin and Adalyn. While his family may come first, they are not the
only ones he strives to serve.
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.
Offered at all WITC campuses, this two-year associate
degree program prepares students to assist organizations in
effectively recruiting, developing and utilizing their human resources. Careers
such as human resource assistant or human resource specialist can be found in a
non-profit, service, or manufacturing organization. Human resource specialists
focus on areas such as employee recruitment/interviewing, employee training and
development, wages and compensation, benefits, employee wellness, and
The current version of the GED test will expire December
13, 2013. The current version, known as the 2002 Series GED test, will be
replaced with the new 2014 GED test on January 2, 2014. Those who have taken the
2002 Series GED test, but not passed all five parts, have until the end of 2013
to pass or they will need to start over again in 2014 with the new GED test in
order to receive their high school credential.
The inaugural Human Services Associates (HSA) class will graduate
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond campus May 17 with their
associate degrees. The program, which started fall 2011, continues its
popularity as the need for people in the human services industry increases.
It’s a long way from the Philippines to Somerset, Wis., but Merly
Locker has traveled a greater distance in life experience than what the physical
miles represent. Now she can add published author to her list – an achievement
many people covet for a lifetime.
There was a time when a high school diploma was the ticket
to many family-sustaining careers, allowing access to more than 70 percent of
all jobs in 1973 according to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and
the Workforce. That is no longer the case, with the Center reporting that by
2020, 65 percent of jobs will require at least some education or skills training
beyond high school.
Top students from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
will be attending the Business Professionals of America (BPA) 2013National
Leadership Conference in Orlando this April. The students will
join more than 5,000 other conference delegates from across the nation to
participate in national level business skills competitions, workshops, general
sessions and the national officer elections.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, along with partners
St. Scholastica, Duluth Public Library, Marshall School, Northern Waters Library
System, University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of Wisconsin-Superior,
Superior Public Library, and Superior Public Schools earned the State
Superintendent’s ‘Standing Up for Rural Wisconsin Schools, Libraries and
Communities’ Award for their work in successfully organizing the first ‘Lake
Superior Libraries Symposium’
Free basic education classes for adults are available
through Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. Brush up on the basic
skills – reading, English, grammar, science, social studies, and math – needed
to continue your education or enter the workforce with confidence. Classes are
also appropriate for those who are preparing to earn their GED/HSED. Most
courses are self-paced with instructor assistance, and students can enroll at
any time during the term, which ends May 15.
WITC President Bob Meyer recently presented a check for
$1,000 to welding graduate Bryan Miller's parents, Jerry and Cindy Miller – an
act, Meyer says, shows how the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College family is
welded together beyond graduation.
The 22nd annual Love Lights was a glowing success. The WITC-Ashland
Alumni Association raised $2,635 – a $355 increase from last year – to be used
for scholarships for WITC students.
Veterans who faced challenges during their service return
to Wisconsin with leadership skills that can be a great match for the education
and training available through the Wisconsin Technical College System.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College and
Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC), Eau Claire, recently joined forces to
bring Critical Care Transport, a technical diploma course, to Western Wisconsin.
The diploma is part of CVTC’s government grant designed to prepare licensed healthcare professionals to function as a critical care
New Richmond Utilities and WPPI Energy recently presented
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond with a check for more than
$16,000 to virtually pay for the 16-panel PV (photovoltaic) solar system
installed this summer on the east lawn.
The state of Wisconsin recently certified Wisconsin
Indianhead Technical College Ashland Campus to execute State Certification exams
for Firefighter I and II. WITC-Ashland offered the first firefighter certification exams. To celebrate a service 15 years in the making, the campus
held a ribbon cutting ceremony prior to the exam day.
Wisconsin’s technical colleges’ success in aligning
technical education and manufacturing careers was the focus of an international
delegation in Washington, D.C. recently. Experts from Wisconsin, California, and
New York were invited by the U.S. Department of Education to meet with Chinese
officials interested in American approaches to involving business and industry
leaders in the development of education programs.
A major manufacturer in the Superior area is the latest
recipient of the “Futuremakers Partner Award” from the Wisconsin Technical
College System (WTCS) Board. Charter Films, Inc.
accepted the award at the WTCS Board Meeting at Wisconsin Indianhead
Technical College (WITC) Superior campus.
The Wisconsin Covenant Foundation, Inc., recently announced
that Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is one of five Wisconsin technical
colleges that will share $3.8 million as recipients of its Wisconsin Workforce
colleges will use the grants to provide the specific training necessary to help
fill available jobs at partner businesses with advanced manufacturing needs.
Through real-world training, students will earn a meaningful degree, diploma, or
certificate, leading to job placement in family-sustaining occupations.
Though not uncommon, the sight of solar panels soaking up
the sun still seems out of the ordinary – especially on a college campus. But
thanks to the participation of New Richmond Utilities and WPPI Energy, a
16-panel PV (photovoltaic) solar system was recently installed on the
east lawn at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond.
WITC barber/cosmetology students captured first, second and
third place from the Wisconsin state SkillsUSA conference in April in Wisconsin
The Windy City was filled with WITC winners in late-April when four New Richmond
students joined with students from other WITC campuses to attend the BPA
(Business Professionals of America) National Leadership Conference in Chicago.
Several Ashland area childcare agencies can let their kids
be a little more creative this spring. Students from Wisconsin Indianhead
Technical College-Ashland’s early childhood education program donated large
totes filled with a variety of art supplies – everything an artistic tot could
want from chalk to crayons, construction paper to glue.
In one of the poorest districts in Guatemala, there is a
small school of about 70 elementary, middle and high school students. Of the 15
computers the school owns, only 10 are operable, but five technical college
students are hoping to make a difference. As part of WITC’s first international
service learning project, five informational technology-network specialist
students and two staff members will travel to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, where
they will repair and configure the school’s computers, configure donated laptops
and teach computer and software skills to the students and staff.
Three students from the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical
College Ashland chapter of Business Professionals of America recently competed
at the national conference held in Chicago April 25-29.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is one of five
technical colleges in the state that will provide more assistance to help
students succeed in postsecondary education through a grant from Great Lakes
Higher Education Guaranty Corporation (Great Lakes). These grants will provide
academic support in reading, writing and math to new college students.
For the 2011 tax year, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) student and
alumni tax preparers at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College prepared more
than 130 tax returns for people in the area at no cost and returned in excess of
$185,000 in refunds. The service provides an option for those who cannot afford
a paid tax preparer and/or don’t feel comfortable preparing their own return.
Northwest Wisconsin educators convened recently to launch a new consortium
of regional educators called Northwest Wisconsin Educators for Regional
Development or NorthWERD. Nine institutions in northwest Wisconsin formed
NorthWERD to respond to the needs of regional developers and students, as well
as identify regional economic trends and opportunities for graduates as they
choose a career path. Educators marked their commitment to support regional
economic development in a signing event at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community
Eight institutions in northwestern Wisconsin joined to form a regional consortium of educational partners called Northwest
Wisconsin Educators for Regional Development or NorthWERD. NorthWERD
partners celebrated the group’s formation in a signing event at the Lac
Courte Oreilles Community College in Hayward.
Top students from WITC will be attending the Business
Professionals of America (BPA) 2012 National Leadership Conference in Chicago.
Medical assistant and nursing students from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond campus demonstrated their knowledge at a Health Fair.
Wisconsin State Senator Sheila Harsdorf recently visited
the New Richmond campus of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College to award the
college a legislative citation recognizing February 2012 as Career and Technical
Calling Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College a
"remarkably important institution in our community ... for the role it plays in
the vitality and quality of our life," Senator Robert Jauch recently signed a
proclamation commemorating February as Career and Technical Education Month.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is offering free Career Seminars on
the first Tuesday of the month at WITC-Ashland, the second
Tuesday of the month at WITC-Superior, the third Tuesday of the month at WITC-New
Richmond, and at WITC-Rice Lake on the fourth Tuesday of the month.
Time for the seminars at all locations is from 4 - 6 p.m.
The growth in earnings by Wisconsin Indianhead Technical
College graduates has increased 50 percent since their graduation from WITC in 2006. According to the
college’s recently completed Five-Year Longitudinal Follow-Up Study, the average
yearly salary for graduates increased from nearly $29,000 to more than $43,000.
The change in the Consumer Price Index was 10.9 percent for the same period.
At WITC, learning is our passion and it shows. "BusinessReviewUSA
recently profiled the college and discovered how WITC's commitment to
learning makes it a top-notch technical college.
The 21st annual Love Lights was a glowing success.
Sponsored by the WITC-Ashland Alumni Association, Love Lights helps to raise
scholarship funds for Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College students. The event
honored close to 400 individuals and raised more than $2,280, an increase of
more than $300 compared to last year.
Adam Lavasseur was one of those special people who always went out of his way to help
others. When he perished in a car accident last August, WITC-Ashland lost not
only a tutor and mentor, but a friend as well. Lavasseur, 27, was about to begin
his second and final year at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s Ashland
Campus in the accounting program. The memory of his generous spirit will live on
thanks to a group of students and staff who initiated the Adam Lavasseur
Though labeled “Tootie Fruities,” these boxes are filled to their box tops with
donations from students and staff at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
especially for homeless veterans staying in a 40-man dormitory in Chippewa
Falls, Wis. Unknowingly, the donation coincided with the 70th
anniversary of Pearl Harbor, when local flags flew at half-staff to recognize
past and present veterans.
With a background in wood working, WITC woods technics
student Will Janssen had discussed with a funeral director friend the idea of
starting a business constructing caskets. Little did Will know that the first
casket he would build would be for his grandfather.
The staff at WITC-Rice Lake honored sociology teacher
Kathy Doe with the college's 2011 Diversity Award. The award celebrates
individuals or groups who demonstrate practices so that everyone feels
respected, valued and safe at WITC.
Grab a video camera and get your creativity on! The Futuremakers Video
Competition is back for a fourth year. The competition is just for
students and is free to enter. Students get to compete for cash prizes of
$2,000, $1,500 and $1,000.
The Board of Directors of Wisconsin Women in Government (WWIG) announced the
selection of WITC-Rice Lake students Angela Loughan and Lisa Egbert as WWIG
Undergraduate Scholars, each receiving a scholarship in the amount of $3000.
The scholarship program was created to inspire young women to pursue careers in
public service, public administration and government relations. Applications
were open to students at all Wisconsin two- and four-year colleges and six
scholarships were awarded statewide.
A ribbon cutting was held Thursday, Sept. 8, at Wisconsin
Indianhead Technical College’s Rice Lake campus to commemorate the opening of
the new Health Education Center. The addition includes room for the new dental
assistant program, remodeled information technology classrooms, faculty offices
and utility upgrades.
A lot of new comes to WITC-New Richmond this fall as the campus welcomes new faces in response to
growth and attrition. The campus also welcomes a new
program and “new” space, with the addition of the
Human Services Associate
two-year degree, and the college’s expansion into space at the city’s former
middle school, now called New Richmond Community Commons.
WITC-Ashland was one of a number of area individuals and groups are among the
nine American recipients of the Lake Superior Binational Forum's eighth annual
Lake Superior Binational Program Environmental Stewardship Awards. The WITC-Ashland campus Rain
Gardens impressed judges with a low-cost but effective solution to stormwater
runoff. The WITC-Ashland campus is committed to considering and installing
sustainable initiatives in all college operations whenever possible.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is one of the 16
Wisconsin Technical Colleges that have been awarded a $200,000 grant from
several national foundations seeking to transform the way underprepared
individuals get access to adult education. The grant is part of the
Accelerating Opportunity, a Breaking Through Initiative project to redesign
adult basic education and postsecondary programs to integrate basic skills with
practical, occupational training required in today’s job market.
For Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, 91 percent of
its 2010 graduates are employed and 75 percent are employed in a career that is
related to their education. Graduates from 2010 are earning an average yearly
salary of $30,198 and the majority of graduates are working in Wisconsin with
nearly three-fourths employed in WITC’s 11-county district.
A new transfer agreement provides yet another option for graduates of
Wisconsin's 16 technical colleges. Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS)
graduates can now transfer all successfully completed associate degree credits
to Ottawa University and apply them toward bachelor's degree requirements.
The Twin Ports Chapter Construction Specification Institute (TPCCSI) has presented Wisconsin Indianhead Technical
College-Superior with a $2,500 gift toward their organization’s scholarship
endowment. The TPCCSI scholarship endowment will support four annual
scholarship awards to students enrolled in WITC’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilating,
Air Conditioning) and Technical Studies programs.
In preparation for its Centennial Celebration, WITC-Superior is creating a
photographic timeline of its right history. The WITC-Superior Learning Resource
Center team is converting photos from the past 100 years to a digital format. A
flicker account has been created so that the community can view the photos and
help identify the students in them.
For Dan Kovach of Washburn, education is a never ending
process. That’s just one of the reasons the graduate of Wisconsin Indianhead
Technical College was selected as the 2011 WITC-Ashland Distinguished Alumni.
A portable planetarium recently gave Wisconsin Indianhead
Technical College Early Childhood Education students a look at the night sky
during the day and indoors.
Yet again, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College students
make it clear they are a force to reckon with when it comes to business
competition. A group of six students from WITC-New Richmond recently competed in
the national 2011 Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership
Conference in Washington, D.C.
Check out the latest edition of WITC's Career Impact magazine
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College now offers a
two-year administrative professional associate degree that will be completely
online for the 2011 fall semester.
Dustin Wolvert's Futurefest video was selected to represent
WITC in the statewide Futurefest video competition. His video was also chosen to
represent the college last year.
For just about every occupation under the sun there exists
a means to honor those in that particular field. For film, there are the Academy
Awards, television professionals have the Emmys; academic pioneers earn Nobel
Prizes; and for two-year college communication professionals, there are the
Protesters and police around the Wisconsin Capitol posed no deterrent to the WITC student nurses who attended Nurses Day at the Capitol. Recently 32 third
and fourth semester Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College nursing students and
their advisors climbed the steps of the Wisconsin capitol amidst the throng of
protesters. But their purpose differed: these nursing students were in Madison
on health-related business.
Top students from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College will be attending
the Business Professionals of America (BPA) 2011 National Leadership Conference,
“Stand Out From the Crowd,” in Washington, DC, May 4-8 2011.
The Business Professionals of America – New Richmond Chapter recently
traveled to Rice Lake to compete against other Wisconsin Technical Colleges in
leadership, citizenship, academic and technological skills.
WITC-Rice Lake was host to the annual Business
Professionals of America (BPA) State Leadership conference in February that was
attended by 109 students from 13 Wisconsin technical colleges. The theme was “Stand out from
the Crowd” and the Rice Lake students certainly did. WITC-Rice Lake was well
represented by 19 students and received a substantial number of awards in the
more than 45 competitions.
With some of the fastest growing occupations requiring an associate's degree
or technical diploma, technical colleges are posed to help Wisconsin on the road
to economic recovery.
Local Barber-Cosmetology students got the chance to take part in the
inaugural “Manikin 101 Competition” on Monday, February 28, at WITC-Superior. This event tested the skills of
students who are pursuing a Barber-Cosmetology degree from area colleges.
A “Women’s Spa & Wellness Day” fundraiser recently held at
Barker’s Island in Superior raised a total of approximately $3,800 to benefit
Harbor House Crisis Shelters. During the event, WITC-Superior Associate Degree Nursing
students performed blood pressure checks and blood glucose monitoring for those
in attendance, free of charge.
Recently 16 Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New
Richmond nursing students and their six instructors planned and attended their
pinning ceremony. The pinning ceremony for a nurse is the equivalent to the
commencement ceremony for other students.
The halls of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s four campuses are again
filling with students for the start of fall semester and a study by Washington Monthly has proven they have made the right choice.
The publication ranks WITC sixth among two-year colleges nationwide.
The results of recent national certification exams prove
without a doubt that Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College graduates are
prepared for successful careers in the health care field. Graduates of WITC's nursing and Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) programs
recently sat for national boards and exams, and an overwhelming majority passed.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College continues to respond to the rapidly
growing interest in renewable energy and sustainability – both in operations and
in programming. At both the campus and the college level, WITC is employing a
variety of methods to improve sustainability and reduce costs. And the college
continues to investigate and expand programming, while enhancing current
Credits from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s new
Human Services Associate program will now be applied toward a
bachelor’s degree in social work through an exclusive partnership with The
College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College has recently named
Ellen Hauser as its Director of Institutional Effectiveness. Hauser formerly served as the Executive Dean for WITC. She
began her new job on July 1. The position serves all of WITC’s campuses and
reports to the Vice President, Administrative Services at the Administrative
Office in Shell Lake. Hauser will have responsibility for accreditation with
the Higher Learning Commission and will help direct the college’s continuous
improvement and planning efforts.
WITC President Bob Meyer was recently nominated
for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award recognizes outstanding advocates of U.S. manufacturing who have
demonstrated an overwhelming commitment to the business growth and
transformation of U.S.-based manufacturing through their continued support of
Each year, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College surveys graduates to find
out how well their degree or diploma prepared them for their career. The results
reveal an impressive record of academic excellence and valuable career
perspective. The trend continues as WITC has
recently released the results from its 2008-2009 Graduate Follow-up Survey.
The Twin Ports Chapter Construction Specification Institute
(TPCCSI) has presented Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-Superior
with a $2,500 gift toward their organization’s scholarship endowment. The TPCCSI scholarship endowment will support four annual
scholarship awards to students enrolled in WITC’s HVAC (Heating,
Ventilating, Air Conditioning) and
When it comes to competing at state and national competitions, Wisconsin
Indianhead Technical College students make it clear they are a force to reckon
with. A group of eight students from WITC-New Richmond recently competed in the
national 2010 Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership
Conference in Anaheim, Calif.
With shovels in hand, groundbreaking began on a $2.6
million dollar construction project at WITC-New Richmond. Derrick Construction is in charge of the project, which is
expected to be completed toward the end of the calendar year. The 8,000 square
foot addition to the back of the main building will become the home to several
Fifty-five area welding students put their skills to the test for the second annual
International WITC Welding Competition held May 5 at Wisconsin Indianhead
Technical College's Superior campus. Students from WITC-Superior and WITC-New Richmond competed against
representatives from Lake Superior College and Confederation College in Thunder
Bay, Ontario, Canada.
More than 20 years ago, the Wisconsin Technical College
System started the Student Ambassador program, a unique initiative that
recognizes outstanding student achievement. WITC’s newest ambassadors, Tucker DeWolf, WITC-Ashland;
Steve Volkert, WITC-New Richmond; Harvey Lunsman, WITC-Rice Lake; and Kelly
Isaacson, WITC-Superior; have distinguished themselves through community
involvement, leadership qualities and a commitment to higher education.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Barber/Cosmetology
instructor Patty Prytz has recently been selected by the University of
Wisconsin-Stout School of Education faculty and staff to receive the 2009-2010
Career and Technical Education Training Exemplary Service Award. This award
recognizes exemplary service provided to UW-Stout by cooperating teachers who
have shared their professional expertise by providing experiences and guidance
for its students.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is sending six students to Frankfurt,
Germany, from May 26 to June 9 in reciprocation for the students who visited WITC from Germany last fall. Three students from the
New Richmond campus include Nathan Spike, Loren Goldstein and Claudia Berggren.
And three students from WITC-Ashland are Shauna Ruud, Kerri Bergquist and
Christina Oksiuta. Accompanying the students are Lenore Knock, dean of students,
and instructor Julie Schaefer, both at WITC-New Richmond.
Wisconsin Indianhead Congratulations to Dustin Wolvert, Futuremaker from WITC-New
Richmond. Wolvert's Futurefest video was selected to represent WITC in the
statewide Futurefest video competition on March 24. The video "Nobody to
Somebody" described his dream of a career in criminal justice. The panel of
judges cited Wolvert's "creative approach" and thought the video was "fun and
entertaining" as well as a good overview to the possibilities available at the
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s Foundation recently collected
$1,731.40 in donations from staff and students to assist the relief efforts in
WITC has added several new programs and
certificates to its long list of offerings. From programs like Energy
Efficiency Technician to our Biofuels Process Technician certificate, WITC
continues to provide cutting-edge training.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s results from the
2009 Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) indicate that an
overwhelming majority of WITC students feel that personal connections they
experience at the college are critical to their academic success.
The Learning Resources Network (LERN), an international association in
lifelong learning, has recently honored Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
for excellence in marketing.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Associate Degree –
Nursing instructor Jeanette Olsen has recently been named the 2010 Champion in
Women’s Health award recipient for her work with women in the area of Rural
Wisconsin’s technical colleges will play a vital role in ensuring that
employers have the skilled workers they will need in the coming years, according
to a new national report. Demand in Wisconsin for highly skilled technical and
trade workers will spike as baby boomers retire and the number of high school
graduates declines, trends obscured by the current recession
computers aren’t the only teaching tools at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical
College; a new tool of choice is a computerized tractor. This fall, the college
purchased, with the help of WITC Advisory Committee Member Roger Link of Link
Implement in Ridgeland, Wis., a new model McCormick XTX 165 tractor. Its computerized
controls help students learn to troubleshoot and test and recalibrate tractors
as part of their updated curriculum.
Renewable Electricity certificate started in January at the Wisconsin
Indianhead Technical College Ashland campus. The certificate provides an
individual with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to
plan, install and maintain solar (photovoltaic) and wind renewable electrical
University of Wisconsin-River Falls and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College – New Richmond’s
Early Childhood Education programs recently collaborated to host “That
Moment of Wonder: Exploring Nature Inside Out and Outside In.”
Wisconsin State Senator Russ Decker was on hand at WITC-Ladysmith
branch on Monday, October 19, to mark the awarding of a $25,000 grant for job retraining
programs in Rusk County. Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program,
Inc. (NWCEP) will be project partners in the training of dislocated workers in
A thermal imaging camera was donated to Wisconsin
Indianhead Technical College by Independent Insurance Agents of Northwest
Wisconsin. The TIC will be used in fire training that WITC offers district wide
to community fire departments throughout Northwestern Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-Superior is the
first certified “Count Me Green” organization in Douglas County. This
certification is proof that WITC has engaged in creating an environmentally
A transfer articulation agreement initiated by Wisconsin
Indianhead Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Superior has
resulted in the official signing of a transfer articulation agreement between
UW-Superior and the Wisconsin Technical College System.
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.
At a time when there are dire reports of the number of high
school students dropping out of school, 80-year-old Alice Smith decided it was time to pursue her General Educational Development
Statistics show that 50 percent
of all two-year college students and 25 percent of all four-year college
students fail or drop out during the first year of school. To help combat this
issue, this year WITC-Hayward is matching several adult students with area
business leaders to assist them through the rigors of working, raising a family
and re-entering academic life.
Despite hard economic times in
some trades, the machine tool industry is projected to grow in the region,
offering high-paying jobs to skilled workers. The problem? There simply aren’t
enough qualified individuals to fill the positions.
Governor Jim Doyle recently announced at WITC-New Richmond three state awards to
boost the economy of Northwestern Wisconsin and grow local jobs.
At a time when the need for skilled machinists is high, one Wakefield company
has stepped in to help train potential employees to enter the workforce
prepared. Extreme Tool & Engineering, Inc. has donated a Charmilles D20
Electrical Discharge Machine to the machine tool operation program at WITC.
Expertise, equipment, facilities, and training will now be easier for regional
businesses to locate and use through the Regional Business Assistance Resource (ReBAR)
WITC's simulation programs provide opportunities to
sharpen skills in [almost] real life settings.
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