The Moraine Park Association for Career and Technical Education (MPACTE) honored eight people for their dedication and professional excellence at Moraine Park Technical College during the annual awards banquet held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Fond du Lac on Feb. 4.
Five Moraine Park staff were the recipients of the 2008 MPACTE Professional Excellence Award. Pat Olson, dean of business, received the Administrator Award. Julie Lotto, student learning specialist, was presented with the Specialty Services Award while Brenda Nickel, instructional aide – office technologies, received the Associate Member Award. The Full-Time Teacher Award went to Mary Schneider, student success and high school alternative instructor, and the New Instructor Award went to Julie Dilling, accounting instructor.
Lotto also received the Rodney Pasch Leadership Award. This award, open to all Moraine Park employees, recognizes “an individual who personifies the principles of character, commitment and ethics in the daily performance of their work.”
Apache Stainless Equipment Corp. and its division, Mepaco, were awarded the C.L. Greiber Award of Merit in the Business category. Also receiving this award in the Individual category was Jon August of Grande Cheese. The C.L. Greiber Award acknowledges companies and individuals outside of the Wisconsin Technical College System that help promote and improve career and technical education in Wisconsin.
Kathleen VanDemark received the George P. Hambrecht Award, given to individuals who have been employed in career and technical education for more than 25 years and who are members of the Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education (WACTE).
Moraine Park and MPACTE are observing national Career and Technical Education Month in February. This year’s theme is Superstars of Education: Lighting the Way to Your Future. “It is wonderful to have a venue such as National Career and Technical Education month for recognizing and promoting the important role that technical college education plays in our communities,” said Josh Bullock, president of MPACTE and Moraine Park institutional research and quality improvement partner.
A variety of events have been planned throughout the month including Discover Moraine Park, a free event on Feb. 12, 13 and 14 at the West Bend, Fond du Lac and Beaver Dam campuses, respectively. MPACTE held an awards banquet Feb. 4 to recognize individuals and business for their dedication and excellence. Also planned were a MPACTE membership drive and chili/soup cook-off for Moraine Park staff, and hosting the Feb. 19 Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce Business Connection at the Fond du Lac campus.
Moraine Park recognizes its Advisory Committees, whose members volunteer their time and expertise to the College. Their efforts help support the growth of the College’s educational programs, ensuring they meet the employment needs of business and industry in the Moraine Park community and Wisconsin.
MPACTE comprises 96 members, bringing together educational support professionals, faculty and administration. It is the local chapter of WACTE, which unites individuals involved in career and technical education, provides professional development, encourages leadership in the professional arena and promotes innovative change to enhance lifelong learning.
According to the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), career and technical education prepares both youth and adults for a wide range of careers, from registered nurse to computer technician, which require various levels of education from high school to postsecondary certificates to two- and four-year college degrees. A recently released report from the Washington D.C. based Workforce Alliance, estimated that jobs requiring vocational and technical education will account for roughly 45 percent of all job openings between 2004 and 2014.
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