Commended for her support of the technical college system, Haley Jorgensen, owner of Public Image in Ripon, recently received the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) District Boards Association 2009 Media Award.
Jorgensen was nominated by Moraine Park Technical College for a feature she wrote in the Spring 2008 edition of WIDSwire about Moraine Park’s online Veterinary Technician program. That article was also published in Community College Times, a national education trade journal.
For nearly eight years, Jorgensen has worked with Moraine Park and the Worldwide Instructional Design System (WIDS), a nonprofit division of the WTCS providing learner-focused curriculum design software, training and consulting services. Altogether, she has authored and published many articles on behalf of the technical college system.
“Ms. Jorgensen’s positive portrayal of Moraine Park’s Veterinary Technician program is just one example of how she demonstrates her support of the technical college system,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president, as she addressed those at the awards ceremony. “This story showcased the spirit of technical college education — technology, hands-on learning and collaboration. Ms. Jorgensen is truly a friend of technical education.”
The District Boards Association Marketing, PR & Awards Committee co-chair Don Waldvogel, who addressed the audience, presented the award to Jorgensen.
“During the past eight years, I’ve likely developed articles about every Wisconsin technical college,” said Jorgensen. “Every moment has been my pleasure. Along the way, I’ve developed wonderful friendships and grown my company to offer a full gamut of public relations and marketing services. I have only my clients to thank for my rewarding career. And, of course, the constant support of my husband, JT. I am very honored to be the award recipient for 2009.”
Jorgensen holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colo. Her company, Public Image, is a Ripon-based public relations and marketing firm serving clients from an array of industries, including education, health care, manufacturing, corrections, risk management, insurance and real estate. Jorgensen provides advertising, marketing, writing, Web site development and public relations services. Prior to starting Public Image, she held marketing and public relations positions at Ripon College and Toyota Motor Insurance Services in Torrance, Calif. She and her husband, Joel, have two teenagers, Lily and Mitchell.