Moraine Park Technical College’s Tech Prep program was presented with a Program of Distinction award by the Wisconsin PK-16 Leadership Council in recognition of the College’s collaborative efforts to improve student transition in the PK-16 educational system.
“Moraine Park is honored to receive this recognition for our Tech Prep program,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “Moraine Park Technical College has long been the state leader in providing Tech Prep courses in high schools. These courses give high school students a jump-start on their postsecondary education and are an integral part of the College’s mission to build and maintain a competitive workforce in collaboration with our communities.”
Moraine Park currently offers 69 college courses in 22 area public high schools – 63 transcripted credit courses and six advanced-standing courses. In addition to the high schools, the Moraine Park Tech Prep consortium has representation from CESA 6 and the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce.
“This award would not have been possible without the commitment, dedication and collaborative efforts of our Moraine Park Tech Prep consortium,” said Jennifer Wagner, Moraine Park School to Work/Tech Prep associate. “The consortium high schools continue to incorporate Moraine Park career and technical education courses into their curriculum, allowing for seamless transitions from secondary to post-secondary education.”
Tech Prep enables motivated students to begin their college career while still in high school, earning both high school and college credit. Over five years, enrollment in the Tech Prep program has almost doubled. In 2007-08, 2,536 students earned technical college credit and 325 students earned advanced standing. More than 4,000 students are anticipated in 2008-09. An additional strength of the program is the intensive professional development for high school instructors.
Recipients of the award receive $1,000 from the PK-16 Leadership Council. Moraine Park will use this money for Tech Prep consortium activities.
The Wisconsin PK-16 Leadership Council is comprised of leaders of the state’s four educational sectors: PK-12 schools through the Department of Public Instruction, the University of Wisconsin System, the Wisconsin Technical College System, and the state’s private colleges and universities through the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
For more information about Moraine Park’s Tech Prep program, go to www.morainepark.edu and click on Academics.