Tech College News Archives

Recruitment specialist helps African American students transition to college

Anthony Miller educates and advocates for young African Americans in his position as recruitment specialist for Fox Valley Technical College.

Read more: 2013 student commencement speaker finds career helping others "beat the odds"

Partnership to create "Fab Lab" in Oneida County

High school students in Three Lakes, Wis., will have access to state-of-the-art training as a result of an agreement between Oneida County Economic Development, Three Lakes High School and Nicolet College. A Fast Forward grant will support the development of a "Fab Lab."

Read more: Northwoods businesses receive Fast Forward grants

Proposed change to technical college control not popular

A Legislative Council committee is investigating the possibility of changing from local to state funding for Wisconsin technical colleges. Many central Wisconsin legislators, business owners and college leaders are against the move.

Read more: Concept to change technical college control to a state board not popular

Blackhawk Technical College asks for voter support Aug. 12

Voters in the Blackhawk Technical College district have the opportunity to allow the college to exceed spending limits to explore new educational programs, expand current course offerings and provide more flexible scheduling for courses.

Read more: Blackhawk Technical College seeks referendum

Moraine Park Tech College breaks ground for addition in Fond du Lac

Moraine Park Technical College officials donned hard hats and picked up shovels in Fond du Lac this week for the ceremony beginning construction of an addition and remodeling project. Capelle Brothers & Diedrich Construction, general contractor for the project expect to be finished at the start of the 2015 winter/spring semester.

Read more: Moraine Park breaks ground for $1.5 million addition in Fond du Lac

MSTC celebrates centennial and new campus

Mid-State Technical College celebrated 100 years in existence at the opening of its new Stevens Point campus. City and campus officials expressed enthusiasm for the future.

Read more: Mid-State Technical College debuts new Stevens Point campus

FVTC to provide training for Plexus through grant program

A collaborative effort between the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board, Fox Valley Technical College and Plexus Corp. will establish a soldering lab at the college and provide skilled workers to the Neenah company.

Read more: Fast Forward grant to provide training for 70 Plexus Corp. workers

MSTC to host Return2Learn sessions

Mid-State Technical College will host events in Marshfield, Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids in June. Participants will learn about the affordability and convenience of technical college, as well as employer demand for MSTC graduates.

Read more: Advance your current career or start a new one

Dual credit classes give high school students head start on college

Hundreds of students in western Wisconsin are benefiting from college-level classes through Chippewa Valley Technical College's dual credit program. River Falls High School was recently recognized by CVTC for outstanding participation in the program.

Read more: River Falls students get jump on college credits

Madison College hosts police training for Alzheimer’s disease patients

Of all the types of emergencies police officers, fire fighters and EMT’s respond to on a daily basis, Alzheimer’s Disease isn’t one that most people think about. The disease is typically associated with senior care centers and retirement communities, but law enforcement officers say the issue is becoming a bigger part of their daily lives.

“We’ve seen a startling increase in calls in recent years,” Alzheimer’s response trainer Hank Levenson says.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s once every 68 seconds. There’s a 60% chance that they will wander off or get lost at least once in their lifetime. That is where local law enforcement agencies come in. Officers say they’re being called out to an increasing amount Alzheimer’s related situations.

“Not knowing how to recognize that it may be Alzheimer’s, you look at it as possibly someone who is just being uncooperative, somebody that might have been drinking,” Levenson says.

The issue has prompted the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to organize a nationwide training initiative. A team of trainers is currently traveling to several cities across the country to teach officers the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s. On Monday they held a training session at Madison College for nearly a hundred police officers and first responders from across the state of Wisconsin.

“Wandering is a huge issue with Alzheimer’s patients. If someone is out in the weather, on the street, inappropriately dressed, officers and first responders need to understand that is not a deliberate act that they’re doing,” trainer Deborah Thompson says.

One of the most important lessons that instructors are teaching first responders and officers is that if they come across someone who might have Dementia or Alzheimer’s is to not run the sirens or the lights on their vehicles. They say the patient may become confused or violent in that situation. Trainers say violent behavior is already a major concern in Alzheimer’s situations. Law enforcement agencies receive numerous domestic violence calls every year. By knowing how to deal with these patients, officers are hoping to not only protect the patients and their families, but other people in their community as well.

“It’s a huge issue and it’s only going to increase in magnitude. It’s not going to reverse,” Thompson says. “It’s not just people who are 65 and older anymore. It’s people who are in their 30′s and 40′s. It’s really becoming a big issue.”

Read more: "Law enforcement agencies say Alzheimer's is becoming a growing problem"