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July 2011

The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) is celebrating its 100th anniversary. As a system, however, we’re actually celebrating the fact that the technical colleges have been making futures for 100 years. Within the tradition of Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges, much has changed, but our principles have remained the same. Our commitment to our industry and community partners keeps our colleges as vibrant and relevant as ever. These relationships help Wisconsin continue to compete with top states in manufacturing, agriculture, energy and the availability of skilled workers.

June 2011

In a recent blog post Fox Valley Technical College president Dr. Susan May talks about bringing 'celebration season' to a close. Among the many celebratory events that took place at her college and the other 15 technical colleges in the state was the High School Completion event. In it, FVTC...
Every spring, the sixteen technical colleges select one of their respective students to become an ambassador and represent the college and perhaps the System. The colleges respectively nominate one student to represent them, and the System recognizes all 16 of them with their nominators and families in a formal event. Selection is based on a number of criteria, including the students' academic performance and activity at the college. The role of the ambassador can vary from one college to the next, but generally, they be asked to speak as a representative of the college and/or of the state. They may help give campus tours, speak to the board of trustees, media, etc.

May 2011

One hundred years ago, while forming the legislation that established Wisconsin’s continuing education system, the first of its kind in the nation, Charles McCarthy studied the German technical education system. He modeled much of Wisconsin's career-focused education after the German system. Now, a...
Policies lagging to help maximize employment and fill skills gap Wisconsin unemployment figures peaked in 2009-2010, however technical college graduates continue to find employment in their fields and in relatively short time.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. - Eleanor Roosevelt The best way to predict the future is to create it. - Peter Drucker

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