From Walworth County Today: “Blackhawk Technical College graduates pack commencement” — BELOIT — If you got to see a friend or a relative graduate from Blackhawk Technical College on Saturday, you truly were a VIP.

Anticipating a record turnout for graduates attending the 2011 commencement at the Dream Center in Beloit, Blackhawk Technical College limited each graduate to two tickets for family and friends, according to an admissions official at the college.

Remaining tickets were put into a lottery.


From “Milwaukee Area Technical College offers training seminar to help businesses with government contracts” — Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) will help area businesses learn how to locate contracting opportunities with the federal government at a training seminar to be held on Tuesday, June 14th. The training session will be conducted by the Business Procurement Assistance Center (BPAC) at MATC – Oak Creek Campus.

The Department of Defense offers some of the best opportunities for manufacturing sectors to do business with the Federal government.

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From Wausau Daily Herald: “Dislocated Worker Program sees success” — Meet Jacqueline.

Workforce challenge: Losing a job, being a single mom with a slight learning disability, and beginning the journey toward a new career path, made for a very stressful and busy life for Jacqueline.

Workforce solution: Shortly after being laid-off from a local stainless steel manufacturing facility in October 2008, Jacqueline met with LETC’s WIA, Dislocated Worker Program Employment and Training Specialist, John Peters and enrolled in the program. Through a variety of assessments, Peters determined that Jacqueline would benefit most by first enrolling in a prevocational basic skills class for the upcoming spring semester. She also enrolled in an Adult Career Awareness class and worked with Peters to further develop her employment plan.

Then, Jacqueline decided to enroll into the Surgical Technologist Technical Diploma program at Mid-State Technical College in Marshfield. Jacqueline’s goal was to complete the training program and obtain full-time employment.


From WTCS: “Technical college education leads to great jobs” — 

MADISON – Wisconsin unemployment figures peaked in 2009-2010, however technical college graduates continued to find employment, according to the Wisconsin Technical College System. The System’s new Graduate Follow-up Report indicates 88 percent of last year’s technical college graduates were in the labor force within six months of graduation, up two percent from 2009.

“This strong job placement is the result of technical colleges providing our graduates the skills Wisconsin employers need,” said Dan Clancy, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System. Technical colleges respond to local employers by designing programs to meet their particular needs. “Employees who may have been laid off are retraining and heading back to employment with relevant skills,” Clancy added.

The Graduate Follow-up Report by Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges details the median salary for new associate degree graduates as $35,700. The median salary overall for technical college graduates is $31,200; while graduates of high-demand service, technical and marketing-related careers invite the highest median salary. Information Systems Security Specialists call for a median salary of $72,500 and Industrial Mechanical Technicians garner a median salary of $55,300. The median salary of graduates working in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is $60,300.

Results show that Wisconsin only lost six percent of its technical college graduates to other states. The study also found 97 percent of respondents said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the education they received from their local technical college.

“After 12 years at a factory job, I decided I needed to change my future. The technical college instructors  are passionate about what they do and inspire you to do better. I hope to carry that on,” said Elisa Colson, Physical Therapy Assistant Program, Blackhawk Technical College.

The Graduate Follow-up Report survey was sent to 25,712 graduates from 2009 and 68 percent responded. It examines employment status, earnings, and other factors about six months after graduation.

From “Opportunity knocks at Gateway — Graduation ceremony held Tuesday” — 

RACINE – The last time Dawn Stombaugh was in school, she turned in paperwork she printed from a dot matrix printer.

The 43-year-old Racine resident graduated in 1991 from University of Toledo in Ohio, and moved to southeast Wisconsin in 1998 where she worked as a quality control manager in the next decade.

“Then the recession hit and I didn’t have a job,” Stombaugh said. “I tried to find other jobs in quality control but found nothing. I knew I needed to go back to school.”

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From WITC: “WITC students take top national awards” — 

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.

Pat Roettger (Downing) placed first in Keyboard Production. Terri Rydeen (St. Croix Falls) placed third in Interview Skills.

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From WFXS, Fox55: “Green architecture program in Rhinelander” — Experts say the building industry produces about 40% of the waste in the US. A new program helps future architects at Nicolet College combat that statistic.

“The pace of change in the building business is very, very rapid, as it is in other areas of technology,” said builder Duanne Swift. “But we’re getting better and better at building homes.”

The green technology trend has been growing throughout the construction industry. Next fall, Nicolet College students will be able to learn more about integrating earth-friendly techniques into their work.

“If we can reduce waste in the construction portion of it, we’re really hitting three main concepts that align with the overall big picture,” said Nicolet College Building Trades instructor Jeff Labs.

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