From the Northwestern: “Q&A: Jobseekers helps people chart new path, gain employment” — “How’s sending out letters and resumes working for you?” Chris Czarnik asked a Job Seekers student in late April.

“I’m here,” the student replied.

“You cannot get hired in the traditional way. If you could, you’d be working right now,” Czarnik said, turning his attention back to the group of nearly a dozen people in a Fox Valley Technical College classroom. “But there’s another way.”

Every Thursday afternoon, a regularly-changing group of people stop at FVTC’s Riverside campus to hear a short, engaging lecture from Czarnik on his “new way” to find a job and to update the group on the status of their efforts.

The process he teaches and, to an extent preaches, requires a person to begin with a self-evaluation aimed at assessing their skills and determining what industries interest them. From there, students craft a core message about the skills they have and the benefits that can provide before setting out to extensively network with anyone and everyone related to the markets and companies your search focuses on.


From the Leader Telegram: “Business Briefs: OEM exec leads college board” — S. Mark Tyler, founder and president of Woodville-based OEM Fabricators, recently began a one-year term as president of the Wisconsin Technical College System board.

Tyler has been a WTCS Board member since 2007. He holds a degree in design technology from St. Paul Technical Vocational Institute and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. Tyler also earned a master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

“It is an exciting time to be involved in WTCS as we enter our second century of preparing Wisconsin’s workforce to drive our state’s economy forward,” Tyler said in a news release.

“In the coming decades careers will demand a high level of technical competence. Wisconsin’s technical colleges have the relationships with employers to make sure that our students are prepared to be successful.”

The board establishes statewide policies and standards for educational programs and services provided by the 16 technical colleges. It also administers state and federal aids to the colleges.

Tyler will represent the WTCS Board on the UW System Board of Regents.

From Concrete Construction: “Case donates engine and components display to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College”— Students at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s diesel and heavy equipment technician program will have hands-on access to some new instructional aids, following the recent donation by Case Construction Equipment of a diesel engine, transmission and hydraulic pump display from a Case loader/backhoe.

Case had been using the equipment at its Tomahawk Customer Center in Tomahawk, Wis., but donated it to the Sturgeon Bay college after NWTC students visited Tomahawk with their instructor Jon Sowl, senior instructor of the school’s diesel technician program.

“Because of our longstanding relationship with Case dealer Miller-Bradford, we’ve been working with Case and their staff at Tomahawk and at their corporate training center in Racine for the past 20 years,” Sowl said.

“Each year we take our students to visit the Case Customer Center in Tomahawk to learn about the Case product line. Students have the opportunity to operate equipment and receive training covering Case equipment history, machine features and technology,” Sowl continued. “Russ Wadzinski, the general manager at Tomahawk, asked us if we had a need in our program for the 580SM components display that they’ve been using in their dealer and customer training programs. We are very excited and grateful to Case for this generous donation.”

Sowl noted that the diesel and heavy equipment technician program is one of seven such programs in the Wisconsin tech school system, and the only one in the state to be accredited by the Associated Equipment Dealers. NWTC’s diesel program includes instruction covering agriculture, on-highway and construction machinery and diesel engine maintenance. Upon completion of the two-year program, students receive either an associate’s degree or a technical diploma.

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From the Door County Advocate:  “Smile – That nice Door County sheriff’s deputy is wearing a camera” — A gun, a badge and a camera. That soon could be standard equipment for deputies at the Door County Sheriff’s Department, who learned how to wear and use new mini cameras Thursday

The eye-level cameras fit in a headset and resemble a hands-free Bluetooth cellphone capturing both video and audio.

The idea came from seeing the Axon POV head camera in use by police training classes at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay. The product is sold by Taser International Inc. of Scottsdale, Ariz.

If Door County puts them into regular service, they would be the first in the state, according to John Szakach, vice president of Taser, who came to the Door County Justice Center in Sturgeon Bay to train deputies on how to use the new devices.

“We’re just trying to stay ahead of technology,” Door County Sheriff Terry Vogel said. “I think it’s good documentation for our officers.”


From the Ashland Current: “Technology Jobs Conference to be held in August” — Do you have an interest in learning how communities are growing technology-based jobs for the twenty-first century and how our area can do it, too?

If so, plan to attend the upcoming Lake Superior Business & Technology Conference: Building Foundations for Technology Jobs on Fri., Aug. 5 in Ashland at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., the program starts 9 a.m. and the conference concludes at 3:30 p.m.

Kicking off the program will be keynote speaker Ray Cross, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges/Extension, who will discuss how the University of Wisconsin is an important partner for growing technology-based jobs.

Presentations from representatives of three business technology parks in Wisconsin Rapids, Menomonie and Weston, Wis. and some of the parks’ business tenants, will discuss how they developed their parks and what features attracted the companies to locate there.

Efforts and progress to date to establish a business technology park in our area will also be discussed by members of the local Wisconsin Innovation Network (WIN) Chapter. In addition, Brad Gingras, the new chief operating officer for the Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program, Inc., will give a talk on preparing our region’s workforce for jobs of the future.


From “Instructor’s Star Wars artwork featured at Comic-Con” — What do superheroes, space aliens, zombies and Madison Area Technical College instructor Ed Binkley have in common?

They’re all being featured at this week’s sold out Comic-Con annual convention in San Diego. The event is the largest comic book and popular arts convention in the world.

Binkley, the Animation and Concept Development program director/lead instructor at Madison College, was one of 100 artists selected by George Lucas to submit illustrations for the new Star Wars book “Visions.” Binkley’s artwork, featuring Tusken Raiders or Sand People, was selected as the book’s debut poster. It created a big buzz when it was shown at last year’s Comic-Con, and it will be featured again at this year’s convention.

“It was the key poster at Comic-Con,” says Binkley. “It was nice to be a part of the Star Wars book, but the poster was a big thing when it came out.”

Lucas was apparently very impressed with Binkley’s work. The film director commissioned Binkley to create another Star Wars-related illustration for his personal collection.

“They seemed to really respect what I was trying to bring to it,” says Binkley. “It was a nice project. This was one of the most pleasant experiences I have had.” 

From the Herald Times Reporter: “Deryl Davis Fulmer joins Lakeshore Technical College” — Deryl Davis Fulmer has joined Lakeshore Technical College as vice president of instruction and chief academic officer.

Davis Fulmer was associate vice president for learner success at Madison Area Technical College prior to accepting her position at LTC. Before her time in Madison, she served as dean of liberal arts and sciences at Milwaukee Area Technical College and also served in various capacities there from 2000 to 2008. She formerly was assistant dean for advising and academic services at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has taught as an adjunct professor there since 1995.

Davis Fulmer brings to LTC an extensive background in academic affairs in the technical college system, including leadership development and students’ first-year experience. She has presented papers and workshops, both locally and nationally, on issues affecting college students, including diversity, literacy and the first-year experience. Her primary focus has been on ensuring successful learning environments for students. In 2008, she was instrumental in developing a doctoral program in higher education leadership, with an emphasis on community/technical college leadership, at Cardinal Stritch University.


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