3. May 2010 19:00
The Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce was among nine business and industry partnerships that received the State Superintendent Business Friends of Education awards on April 23 during the 74th annual Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education Conference in Appleton.
Accepting the award for the Association of Commerce were Mary Denzin, director of educational partnerships, and Jim Cleveland, director of education programs.
State Superintendent Tony Evers commended award recipients for providing opportunities for students to learn about various careers. “The businesses we are recognizing today developed partnerships with classes in career and technical education to find ways to better serve students,” he said. “Their initiatives are helping educators across the state achieve the goal of having every child graduate ready for the workforce or further education.”
In cooperation with six manufacturing partners and Moraine Park Technical College, the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce implemented Project GRILL (Growing Readiness in Leading and Learning) in 2008 to attract open-minded, team-oriented young people and teach them skills for 21st-century manufacturing positions. Student teams from area high schools are matched with local manufacturers to design and build a functional charcoal grill, with a twist – students are allowed to get creative. One grill resembled a car engine, while another was solar-powered.
Moraine Park nominated the Association of Commerce. “The pride the students have taken in their work, and the great interest and support in the project from high school administration, school board members, business leaders and college administration, has greatly strengthened and reinvented career and technical education in the Fond du Lac community,” said Jennifer Wagner, Moraine Park School-to-Work/Tech Prep associate.