Hexagon Metrology received the “Futuremakers Partner Award” last night from the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board. Meeting at Moraine Park Technical College in West Bend, the Board recognized Hexagon Metrology as a local “Futuremaker” partner in pursuit of developing strong futures and sustainable careers.

WTCS President Dan Clancy and Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC) President Gayle Hytrek presented the award to Hexagon Metrology for the company’s contributions to developing economic and educational opportunities within the region. “We are proud to recognize Hexagon Metrology for the Futuremakers Partner Award,” said Clancy. “The long partnership between MPTC and Hexagon Metrology has done so much to support the educational and training efforts of Moraine Park Technical College and the communities it serves.”

Hexagon Metrology, formerly Brown and Sharpe, is a worldwide leader in industrial metrology. Thirteen manufacturing facilities, 66 Precision Centers for service and sales, and a network of 70 distribution partners on five continents, provide the foundations for the success of Hexagon Metrology. “Hexagon Metrology and Moraine Park’s partnership has been based on a common focus – to serve the people within the Moraine Park District by providing them with the skills they need to compete in today’s marketplace,” said Hytrek. “Hexagon Metrology has provided direct support for many College initiatives, they have donated equipment and software, sponsored special training sessions for students, and served as a resource for local business leaders,” added Hytrek.

“The WTCS Futuremakers Partner award is a special honor,” said Hexagon Metrology representative Rob Jenson. “On behalf of our organization, I would like to thank Moraine Park for this award. Hexagon Metrology really appreciates all of the efforts of MPTC faculty and staff to serve our community.

This video celebrates the tremendous milestone of the Wisconsin Technical College System as the first technical college system in the nation and the first apprenticeship program in the nation, which were established together, 100 years ago.

Dan Clancy, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System made the following statement about the Governor’s 2011-13 Budget Bill:

The Governor’s proposed $71.6 million in technical college aid cuts, combined with new property tax restrictions in the 2011-13 Budget Bill, are likely to curtail technical college services to employers and students across Wisconsin.  This comes at a time when the need for these services has never been greater.  The majority of new jobs created in Wisconsin in the next decade will require the skills earned through technical college degree and certificate programs.  The ability of state employers to sustain new growth is dependent on their access to a skilled workforce.  Thousands of displaced Wisconsin workers need retraining to succeed in the jobs being created in emerging and rapidly changing industries.

Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges have always relied on a balanced, stable partnership between the state, local taxpayers and students.  This relationship provides employers with skilled workers and creates real economic opportunity for individuals, ultimately bolstering the state economy.  The Governor’s Biennial Budget proposal would put state funding for technical education at a dollar level not seen since the late 1980s, despite WTCS enrollments growth of 40 percent in the last decade.

Technical college graduates are critical to building a strong future for our state, which the Governor recognized by preserving current financial aid funding for WTCS students.  As the state’s budget development process moves forward, we will work with the Legislature and the Governor on options that recognize and foster the economic development potential of flexible, responsive technical college education.

Dan Clancy is President of the Wisconsin Technical College System and serves on the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges, an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges.

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