28. November 2001 19:00
Wisconsin's Lt. Gov. Margaret Farrow reinforced the value of the state's School-to-Work program and technical education when she spoke to approximately 70 area educators recently at an annual Tech Prep Retreat in Ripon.
Farrow, who noted two of her five children are graduates of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), stressed the key role high school instructors, counselors and parents play in making students aware of the many educational opportunities the WTCS provides. She also addressed the critical need for skilled workers in Wisconsin, particularly in today's economic environment.
Tech Prep Moraine Area Partnership sponsored the one-day retreat that brought together administrators, counselors, tech ed instructors and School-to-Work coordinators from high schools throughout the Moraine Park Technical College District.
"The retreat provides an opportunity for high schools to come together to strategize School-to-Work initiatives within their districts and hear about state updates," said Char Wacek, Moraine Park's tech prep/school-to-work curriculum specialist.
The partnership serves thousands of high school students within the Moraine Park district each year. Articulated courses, mini-grants and professional development opportunities are some of the collaborative opportunities provided so students may better prepare for future career success.
Also speaking at the event were Jim Schultz from the Governor's Work-Based Learning Board; Luther Olsen, chairperson, State Education Committee; Bryan Albrecht, Wis. Dept. of Public Instruction; and Marcia Arndt, Moraine Park's dean of manufacturing technologies.
For information about Moraine Park's Tech Prep/School-to-Work programs, contact Char Wacek at 920-924-3428 or email@example.com.