January 6, 2014
From gazettextra.com: “BTC’s Reynolds awarded Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship” – Tony Reynolds, an information technology student at Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville, is the first BTC student ever to be awarded the Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship from the Foundation for Information Technology Education.
Reynolds is a member of the BTC chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals. Membership is one of the criteria for the scholarship.
Other criteria include a declared major in a computer technology discipline and GPA of 3.0 or better, at least one full semester of post-secondary education, and enrollment as a fulltime student at an accredited institution.
In addition to a full course load, Reynolds works full time as a developer at Foremost Media in Janesville.
December 18, 2013
From fox6now.com: “Packers Foundation awards $500K to civic and charitable groups” – The Green Bay Packers Foundation on Tuesday, December 17th awarded $500,000 to 188 civic and charitable groups throughout the state of Wisconsin in its annual distribution of grants.
Charlie Lieb, chairman of the Foundation committee, made the announcement.
Overall, including a recent $250,000 major gift to the UW-Green Bay Scholarship Fund, $750,000 was awarded this year.
Both the total donation amount and the number of recipient organizations are records for the Foundation.
The groups were guests at a luncheon in the Lambeau Field Atrium, an event that welcomed all the recipients and honored the outstanding efforts and services performed by each of the organizations.
The Foundation now has distributed more than $3.7 million for charitable purposes since it was established in 1986 by Judge Robert J. Parins, then president of the Packers Corporation, “as a vehicle to assure continued contributions to charity.”
Of the Foundation’s contributions Tuesday, 53 grants – aggregating $142,050 – were awarded to Brown County organizations. Additional grants, totaling $357,950, were made to 135 other groups around the state.
Additionally, under the Packers Scholarship Program established in 2002, $15,000 was awarded – $7,500 to Scholarships Inc., for distribution to students in four-year colleges, and $7,500 to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) for distribution to students in two-year associate degree or apprenticeship trades programs.
A portion of the scholarship funds come from National Football League Properties which, at the Packers’ request, returns to the Foundation royalty fees paid for using the Packers logo on Wisconsin automobile license plates.
Because the royalties do not fully cover the scholarships, the Green Bay Packers fund the remainder of the amount, a figure which totals $89,000 since 2006.
In the past year, the Packers Foundation also has distributed an additional $57,375 on behalf of National Football League Foundation – $20,000 in “Community Quarterback” awards to civic leaders for contributions to the community, $12,375 in the NFL’s “Coach of the Week” program, which honors successful Wisconsin high school coaches on a weekly basis throughout the season, $20,000 through the “Hometown Huddle/Youth Fitness Zone” program and $5,000 for the NFL National Partnership Grant focusing on efforts related to the military.
In addition, a $250,000 Matching Youth Football Field Grant was received and was awarded to the Ashwaubenon School District for the redevelopment of the Ashwaubenon High School football stadium and practice fields.
“We’re honored to congratulate and thank this year’s recipients for their excellent work in our communities,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said at the event. “Their efforts inspire us and truly provide a positive impact.”
The Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustees include, in addition to Lieb, Tom Arndt, Rick Chernick, Valerie Daniels-Carter, Ricardo Diaz, Terry Fulwiler, Jerry Ganoni, Mark McMullen, Tom Olson and Hon. John Zakowski. Bobbi Jo Eisenreich is the secretary of the Foundation.
The grants and other programs highlighted Tuesday are two components of the Packers’ efforts in the community. The Packers’ community outreach department responded to more than 10,000 requests from organizations and individuals in 2013 with donated autographed items for fund-raising efforts that raised more than $3 million.
These efforts, combined with direct cash donations by the Packers to various charity endeavors, resulted in a comprehensive Packers charity impact in excess of $6 million in the past year.
December 11, 2013
From chippewa.com: “Governor Walker signs two bills at CVTC ceremony” – Governor Scott Walker signed two bills into law Tuesday aimed at increasing the number of students who graduate ready to enter the workforce.
The bills signed at a ceremony at the Chippewa Valley Technical College Manufacturing Education Center in Eau Claire create a scholarship program for students who demonstrate excellence in technical education, and create incentives for K-12 school districts to graduate students with industry-approved technical certificates.
“Many employers are still facing a shortage of skilled labor, while too many of our neighbors are still unemployed or underemployed,” Governor Walker said. “Our emphasis on workforce development looks to find a solution to both situations.”
“These bills are a positive for the K-12 system, they are a positive for the technical college system, and they are a positive for the business community. I call that a win-win-win,” said CVTC President Bruce Barker.
Act 59 provides incentive grants to school districts that promote career and technical education programs. On an annual basis, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will work with the Department of Workforce Development and the Wisconsin Technical College System to identify industry sectors that are facing workforce shortages including shortages of adequately trained, entry-level workers.
For every pupil who completes an approved, industry-recognized certification program, the DPI will award grants of $1,000 per pupil to school districts. Grants will be available beginning in the 2014–15 school year.
“This will be a great incentive for K-12 systems to create programs or expand programs, or to work with the technical college system on dual-credit programs,” Barker said.
Act 60 awards scholarships in conjunction with the Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) to students of excellence who are enrolled fulltime at a technical college. Between one and six scholarships will be available at each school, depending on the number of students. HEAB will fund $1,125 of the scholarship with a matching contribution from the technical college.
“We want to provide an equal incentive to some of our students with outstanding technical skills. We want our best and brightest not only in our universities, but in our technical colleges,” Walker said.
December 11, 2013
From weau.com: “Walker signs bills encouraging more technical education” – Governor Scott Walker visited the Chippewa Valley Technical College to sign bipartisan bills SB 334 and SB331 into law today.
The first one provides scholarships to promising students who are looking go in technical education fields. The second sets up a grant program to help high schools provide more students with advanced technical educational opportunities.
He says there is a tremendous need in our state to train workers for the jobs that are available. Many of those open jobs are in technical fields like IT, health care and manufacturing.
“We want our best and our brightest not only in our four year colleges and universities; we want them in our technical colleges as well” Walker said.
Walker added, “The earlier we start people thinking about those career paths, the earlier we will see what they are good at and plug them that, the more likely they are going to be to fill those positions in the future.”
But we all know education and training is expensive, and that’s where Walker says these grants and scholarship will help bridge the gap.
“That’s not only good for education it’s good for the economy,” said Walker.
SB331 sets up an incentive grant program to have career and technical education programs in high schools. It says schools will get $1000 for each student enrolled in an advanced technical program.
Chippewa Valley President Bruce Barker says he hopes the legislation will also help build more partnerships between high schools and tech colleges across the state.
“The entire technical college system was created to meet the employment and training needs our business and industry that was specific design so programs like this again highlight that partnership,” said Barker.
August 20, 2013
From wisconsinrapidstribune.com: “MSTC celebrates centennial with ride/walk” – In celebration of 100 years of central Wisconsin education and training in what is now known as the Mid-State Technical College, or MSTC, District, the MSTC Foundation is hosting a Centennial Bike Ride & Walk on Sept. 14. This non-competitive event includes 100K, 50K and 10K bike routes and a 10K walk option. All routes begin and end at MSTC’s Wisconsin Rapids Campus.
The 50K and 100K bike routes meander throughout north Wood County. The 10K bike and walk routes go around Lake Wazeecha in South Wood County Park. Beverage and snack stations will be provided for participants along each course.
Registration costs $25 per person and includes opportunities for prizes. Children 12 and younger are free and must be accompanied by an adult. An event T-shirt will be provided to all participants who register by Aug. 21. All biking participants must wear helmets.
Proceeds of this event support the educational programs of the college through educator and student grants and scholarships. Contributions are tax-deductible.
MSTC’s Centennial Celebration includes a total of five events during the 2013-14 school year. In addition to the Bike Ride & Walk, people throughout the college district are invited to attend centennial celebrations at each of MSTC’s four locations: Wisconsin Rapids Campus on Oct. 10, Marshfield Campus on Oct. 22, Adams County Center on Nov. 5, and Stevens Point Campus on June 4, 2014. Each celebration event honors MSTC’s past and celebrates its future. Centennial organizers say visitors of the final four events will have the opportunity to learn about new technologies, view fascinating hands-on demonstrations, tour facilities, and explore MSTC student services and academic programs.
MSTC, one of 16 colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System, is a leading provider of higher education offering more than 100 associate degrees, technical diplomas and certificates, including 10 Wisconsin Technical College System programs you will only find at MSTC. Student-focused and community-based, MSTC serves a resident population of approximately 165,000 in central Wisconsin with campuses in Marshfield, Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids, and a learning center in Adams. Smaller classes, flexible scheduling, and instructor involvement all foster student success and contribute to the fact that nearly 9 out of ten MSTC graduates are employed within six months of graduation.
From wisconsinagconnection.com: “Marathon Farm Tech Committee Distributes Show’s Profits” – The executive committee members of the 2011 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days show in Marathon County announced that the event’s profits went to local non-profit organizations that served food at the show, as well as some other special projects being planned for the area.
Committee Chairman Keith Langenhahn said that $192,000 was left after the show’s expenses were all covered. He said nine local groups shared $92,000; and that the remaining funds were donated to the Northcentral Technical College Agriculture Center of Excellence for capital projects, which includes a horse barn at the county fairgrounds and to a special FTD scholarships fund. Another $20,000 will be given back to Marathon County as repayment of seed money originally provided.
Mike Wildeck, who served as the Executive Secretary to the shows in 2011 and 1996, adds that it’s great to see that the show was a financial success.
“The proceeds resulting from the show will fund some terrific local projects and educational scholarships, but the leadership development that occurred may have an even greater impact,” he said.
Last year’s show was held at Seehafer Acres, just north of Marshfield. The event was planned with the help of 21 committees, 1,500 volunteers, dozens of sponsoring businesses and organizations.
From bodyshopbusiness.com: “CCC, Collision Repair Education Foundation Announce Winners of Annual Scholarship” – The Collision Repair Education Foundation and CCC Information Services Inc., have announced four students as winners of the CCC Michael Salvatore Memorial Student Repair Technician Scholarship. The scholarship program was renamed in 2007 to honor longtime CCC team member Michael Salvatore.
The CCC Michael Salvatore Memorial Student Repair Technician Scholarship awards scholarships to students currently enrolled in a repair program who have demonstrated superior academic achievement. The 2012 winners include:
Top Scholarship Recipient ($5,000)
Melissa Scheuerman (Fox Valley Technical College – Appleton, Wisc.)
Additional Scholarship Recipients ($2,000)
Aaron Dressler (Pennsylvania College of Technology – Williamsport, Pa.)
Josh Hudson (Guilford Technical Community College – Jamestown, North Carolina)
Ryan Seefeldt (Fox Valley Technical College – Appleton, Wisc.)
“CCC is proud of the accomplishments this year’s scholarship recipients have achieved,” said Joseph Allen, group vice president, Automotive Services Group, CCC Information Services. “We’re excited to continue to offer today’s students support as they seek to complete their training and move into the auto repair industry.”
May 14, 2012
From fdlreporter.com: “MPTC sponsors contest to find longest running engine” – It was an afternoon filled with torque, horsepower and exhaust emissions as eight regional high schools participated in the eighth annual Moraine Park Technical College Endurance Challenge May 10 at the Fond du Lac campus.
Plymouth, Sheboygan North, Sheboygan South, Oshkosh North, Oshkosh West, West Bend East, West Bend West and Hustisford participated in the challenge with the goal of getting the best fuel efficiency and having the longest running engine.
Oshkosh West won the competition with their engine running for 40 minutes and 55 seconds.
Students Eric Koehler, Jim Levine, Joe Adrian, Andrew Pelot and Jacob Powers powered the winning team along with instructor Mark Boushele.
“This event was a very unique opportunity for the students,” Boushele said. “They were able to apply concepts learned in class to a live engine, applying engineering and critical thinking skills to modify the engine.”
The Sheboygan North team of Derek Patel, Josh Arnhoelter and Bill Meyer placed second.
Their engine ran for 40 minutes, 10 seconds. Sheboygan South was third with a time of 32 minutes, 45 seconds.
Local industries helped to support the event again this year with Mercury Marine, Kohler Co. and Briggs & Stratton all getting involved with the challenge.
Mercury Marine brought displays of supercharged outboards and engines for the students to view for inspiration.
Engines for the students to modify for the Endurance Challenge were donated by Kohler, and employees of Kohler, Briggs & Stratton and Mercury Marine assisted with the event.
Scott Mack, a 1987 Moraine Park graduate, is an engine trainer at Kohler and has been involved with the Endurance Challenge since it first started eight years ago.
“It’s exciting every year to see how creative the students can get,” he said. “Their ideas don’t always work, but they are able to troubleshoot and look for new options to build endurance. It’s also a great opportunity for the students to see what Moraine Park has to offer for training and career options in the engine research and development field.”
Each member of the winning team received a $250 Moraine Park scholarship.
May 11, 2012
From fox11online.com: “High school students compete in auto repair contest” – MEQUON – Consider it the state finals for auto repair. The 20 best automotive students from 10 Wisconsin high schools put their skills to the test Thursday, May 10th, racing to fix Ford Fusions.
“They’re all bugged identically. Basically, they will get a work order and here’s the problems,” Roy Hinz, spokesperson from AAA said.
At Milwaukee Area Technical College’s North Campus in Mequon, ten teams of two worked to fix the mechanically bugged vehicles. The goal was to get them back to working factory condition within the 90 minute allotted time.
“Just checking fuses and other stuff that can go wrong,” Senior Dustin Westphal from Grafton High School said. This was Westphal’s first Ford AAA Auto Skills Competition. “Just going to take it like any other practice, I guess,” Westphal said.
Along with Grafton, West Allis Central High School, Badger High School from Lake Geneva and Washington Park High School from Racine were among the participating schools from our area.
Washington Park High School actually took home the national title in a separate competition in April.
“You can’t get too hyped up about it because you end up making mistakes. So just be calm, cool, collected like you’re doing another practice,” Senior Ryan Herman said.
For Herman, winning in the past does not guarantee the top spot in this competition. He was in charge of engine problems while his partner worked on other bugs like bad bulbs or air pressure. “Say we have a cam sensor problem where I’ll take care of that, or a maybe a misfire and I’ll be taking care of that too,” Herman said.
In order to win, the team must have a perfect vehicle, meaning it’s not necessarily who finishes first, but who cruises through the contest with no mistakes. “It’s not only a time test, but a quality test,” Hinz said.
The winners move on to the national competition in Dearborn, Mich. and they get an automotive scholarship to MATC. Grafton High School won the title last year.
The results this year are as follows…
1st place: Racine Washington Park – students Ryan Herman & Zachary Rosenquist; instructor David Dixon
2nd place: Grafton – students Dustin Westphal & Jordan Kreutzer; instructor Carl Hader
3rd place: McFarland – students Chris Allen & Jimmy Walker, instructor Dan Klecker
From cvtc.edu: “Northwestern Bank recognized as CVTC’s 2012 Proven Business Partner” – Chippewa Falls-based Northwestern Bank has been chosen to receive Chippewa Valley Technical College’s (CVTC’s) 2012 Proven Business Partner award. The award is granted annually to an area business that has demonstrated concern for career and technical education through its support of CVTC and its programs.
Northwestern Bank President Jerry Jacobson will accept the award at the 9th Annual CVTC Alumni Association Spring Gala on Thursday, April 12, at Florian Gardens in Eau Claire.
“This recognition is meaningful, not just for me personally, but it’s particularly meaningful for our bank employees,” Jacobson said. “In giving this award, CVTC considers what a business’s employees give to the community. This award recognizes that our employees are willing to pitch in and give their time and talents to our community. That’s the most important thing about this award for us.”
In nominating Northwestern Bank for the award, Tim Shepardson, manager of CVTC’s Chippewa Falls campus, noted Jacobson’s long history of service to the college. Jacobson served on the CVTC Foundation Board of Directors for nine years.
Jacobson has been Northwestern Bank’s president since 1998, and under his leadership the bank has supported CVTC financially through the endowment of scholarships and contributions to support the college’s project and facility needs. For example, a few years ago Northwestern Bank purchased a human patient simulator for CVTC’s health program.
Jacobson said the bank has benefited from its support of CVTC by turning to the college when looking to hire well-trained, skilled employees.
“Our business has about 100 employees, but the four-year college degree is needed for only about 10 percent of them,” he said. “But there are many other skilled positions that we sometimes need to fill. And at those times CVTC is one place where we actively look. We’ve done that in the past, and we’ll continue to do that when we’re looking for someone with the skills that CVTC teaches.”
A recent edition of the CVTC alumni newsletter highlighted the many CVTC graduates working for Northwestern Bank. They include graduates of CVTC’s Accounting and Business Management program who hold positions with the bank ranging from tellers to assistant vice presidents.
“With a proven track record like CVTC, we will continue to partner with CVTC in our community to help fill future employment opportunities,” Jacobson said.
Northwestern Bank is a locally owned community bank that has been based in Chippewa Falls since its founding in 1904. The bank also operates branches in Eau Claire, Boyd, Cornell and Thorp.
November 1, 2011
From wirestaurant.org: “Scholarships help culinary arts and hospitality management students on their way” – The Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation (WRA EF) recently awarded nearly $44,000 in scholarships to 36 culinary and hospitality management students.
The WRA EF awards scholarships based on future plans in the foodservice and hospitality industry, academic records, essays and recommendations from employers and instructors. Students interested in applying for a WRA EF Scholarship should visit the WRA website at: www.wirestaurant.org.
September 19, 2011
From postcrescent.com: “Greenville man up for $19K scholarship” – GRAND CHUTE — Kurt Theyel doesn’t let life get him down.
The 35-year-old Greenville resident and Fox Valley Technical College student was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis eight years ago, was struck by a drunk driver in a crash on U.S. 41 in 2008 and found out recently that he has a rare tumor sitting on his optic nerve.
Theyel, who is one of 40 national finalists for two $19,000 scholarship, just shrugs it off.
“I’m alive. What can I do? I’m not going to sit around and mope,” he said.
Theyel is on track to graduate from FVTC in December of 2012 with two degrees — IT programmer/analyst and IT Web development and design specialist — as well as a certificate in Spanish.
The full-time student, husband and father of two young girls found out about the CFCareForward scholarship program from a nurse at a cystic fibrosis clinic. The scholarship program was created to honor young adults with cystic fibrosis as they pursue goals of higher education.
September 7, 2011
From jsonline.com: “MATC receives federal grant to boost science and technology careers” – Milwaukee Area Technical College has received a National Science Foundation grant to develop curriculum and recruit students who will pursue careers in science and technology.
The first phase of the grant is $10,245 for curriculum planning and student recruitment. MATC anticipates an additional $589,734 for student scholarships, pending the availability of funds and progress of the project.
“This prestigious National Science Foundation grant will help continue our commitment to preparing students for careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics ) fields that are in high demand,” said MATC President Michael Burke.
The grant will support approximately 36 students enrolled in the college’s Chemical Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, Electronics Technology, Mechanical Design Technology, Information Technology (IT) Network Specialist and IT Programming/ Analyst Associate in Science Degree programs. Students in the Electronics Technology program can pursue an associate degree in Computer Electronics Technology, Biomedical Electronics Technology or Electronic Engineering Technology. Students in these programs are targeted because of consistent demand for graduates, growth in local industries and the needs identified by local economic development initiatives.
July 21, 2011
From Wisconsin Health News: “WDA Foundation awards $14,000 in dental and hygiene scholarships” –
The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation recently awarded $14,000 in scholarships to 11 dental and hygiene students in the state.
WDA Foundation tuition and Alliance scholarships were awarded May 17 at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee. From left, recipients Dr. Dawn Paffel of Neenah, Chad Seubert of Marathon and Tracy Engelmann of Wausaukee with WDA Foundation President Dr. Anthony Sciascia of Mondovi. Not in attendance were recipients Cathleen Raz of Hales Corners and Christopher Streff of Monroe.
Four Wisconsin students in their third year at Marquette University School of Dentistry each received $2,500 after demonstrating academic achievement, motivation, character and financial need.
Six Wisconsin technical college dental hygiene students have each been awarded $500 each. Hygiene scholarship recipients must be state residents and demonstrate academic achievement and financial need. The schools, their scholarship recipients and students’ cities of residence include:
- Chippewa Valley Technical College – Wendy Dahleen of New Auburn
- Fox Valley Technical College – Amanda Rose of Freedom
- Northcentral Technical College – (to be determined)
- Northeast Wisconsin Technical College – Katie M. Lyles of Shawano
- Waukesha County Technical College – Ashley Brunnbauer of Sheboygan
- Western Technical College – Samantha Melby of Ettrick
The WDA Foundation was created as the charitable arm of the Wisconsin Dental Association in 1957 and is a proud member of Community Health Charities of Wisconsin.
June 30, 2011
From the Wausau Daily Herald: “Tavern training scholarships available”– A group consisting of Marathon County Tavern League members, local law enforcement officers, public health educators and Northcentral Technical College staff received $9,000 this year for scholarships. The grant money is available through the Marathon County Alcohol and Other Drugs Partnership Council for scholarships to the Responsible Beverage Server training at NTC.
The scholarship covers a $25 course fee for the revised RBS training course offered at NTC. The course at NTC is the only classroom training available in central Wisconsin. Training takes place the second Wednesday of each month.
For a scholarship application, call Renee Trowbridge, public health educator for the Marathon County Health Department, at 715-261-1931.
June 30, 2011
From Waupaca Now, “Bestul receives nursing scholarship” -- The Riverside Health Foundation has awarded $10,000 in scholarships to nine Waupaca-area residents who plan to pursue careers in healthcare. Jordan Bestul of Manawa is one of the recipients.
“By awarding these scholarships, we help support health care education for our future providers and honor the legacy of those who have served our community,” said Steve Huhta, president of the Riverside Health Foundation. “We are proud of these hard-working students as they continue their education and pursue careers in healthcare.”
The board administers three scholarship funds that were established to honor Dr. Marshall and Mary Boudry; Isabelle Rowe; and Nancy B. Salan.
The Isabelle Rowe Nursing Scholarship was established to assist non-traditional students in pursuit of an education leading to a career in nursing. This year three recipients received $1,000: Kelsea Moore, of Scandinavia, plans to attend UW-Fox Valley; Jordan Bestul, of Manawa, plans to attend Fox Valley Technical College; and Corinne Lund, of Wild Rose, is attending Fox Valley Technical College.
The Boudry Health Career Scholarship, established by the Boudry family, hopes to expand health care opportunities by encouraging promising young scholars to fulfill career goals in medicine. This year three recipients each received $1,000.
June 28, 2011
From the Journal Times: “SCJ donates $100,000 for Gateway scholarships” RACINE – SC Johnson has donated $100,000 to Gateway Technical College for student scholarships, the college announced Monday.
The donation is being used to create an endowed scholarship fund for Gateway students in recognition of the college’s 100th anniversary this year.
“We’re very proud to be able to have the support from SCJ to be able to provide opportunities for students,” Gateway President Bryan Albrecht said. “Our students in particular need financial support and the scholarships will help provide education to a lot of young people in our community.”
Up to five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded annually to students enrolled in any associate degree program. The average cost of attaining a Gateway associate degree is $3,800 per year so the scholarships will make a difference, Albrecht said.
June 20, 2011
From Oak Creek Now: “CVTC Foundation awards scholarships”– Two hundred and twenty-four Chippewa Valley Technical College students received scholarships recently at a donor-scholar luncheon held in their honor.
Scholarships are administered by the Chippewa Valley Technical College Foundation, Inc. This year the Foundation awarded over $110,000 in scholarship funds.
Kyle Wojciechowski of Oak Creek received the Tech Training Systems Electromechanical Technology Scholarship. Wojciechowski expects to graduate in June 2012.
Scholarships are funded through the generous donations of individuals and businesses. To learn more about the CVTC Foundation, Inc. or the scholarship program, visit http://www.cvtc.edu/foundation.
Chippewa Valley Technical College delivers superior, progressive technical education which improves the lives of students, meets the workforce needs of the region and strengthens the larger community. Campuses are located in Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Menomonie, Neillsville and River Falls. CVTC serves an 11-county area in west central Wisconsin. CVTC is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and is one of 16 WTCS colleges located throughout the state.