The Moraine Park Association for Career and Technical Education (MPACTE) honored eight people and a Germantown business for their dedication and professional excellence during the annual awards banquet held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in West Bend on Feb. 23.
Five Moraine Park Technical College staff received the 2009 MPACTE Professional Excellence Award in various categories. Karen Zuehlke, one-stop services partner, received the Administrator Award. Bruce DeBoer, enrollment management associate, was presented with the Specialty Services Award, while Gloria Arenz, instructional technology computer specialist, received the Associate Member Award. The Full-Time Teacher Award went to Kathy Mueller, basic education instructor, and the New Instructor Award went to Maggie Rentmeester, nursing instructor.
Sandy Melius, Moraine Park administrative assistant – apprenticeships, 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.”
The C.L. Greiber Award of Merit for Business went to Germantown Iron & Steel Corp. Also receiving this award in the Individual category was Steve Peterson, CEO of Mid-States Aluminum. 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.
Kathy Hass, administrative assistant – trades and manufacturing, received the George P. Hambrecht Award. This honor is 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 observed national Career and Technical Education Month in February. This year’s theme was CTE: Building Blocks for a Successful Career. MPACTE comprises 93 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.
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