Moraine Park Technical College President Gayle Hytrek recently announced her plans for retirement. She will conclude seven years of service to Moraine Park and the Wisconsin Technical College System at the end of the 2010-11 academic year.
“I appreciate the opportunity to serve as president of Moraine Park Technical College over the past six years,” said Hytrek. “We have accomplished much, but I am most proud that today Moraine Park is seen as a leader in collaboration. Through our collaborations we have increased transfer opportunities for our students, online and on site; secured gifts and grants to help build facilities and programs; and collaborated with our area businesses to train their workers in lean process improvements and other skills to allow them to operate more efficiently; and most importantly we have been able to accomplish all of this with minimum impact on our taxpayers.”
Expanding partnerships with area high schools has also been a highlight for Hytrek. “Working with programs such as Project GRILL, the Fondy Fire FIRST Robotics Team, the BotsIQ teams in West Bend and our Upward Bound program provide such great opportunities for our high school students,” she said. “It allows them to expand what they are learning at their high schools by experiencing technical education outside of the classroom.”
“Under Dr. Hytrek's leadership we have expanded and strengthened relationships with our business and educational partners working closely with groups such as the Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance and our K-12 schools,” said Shirley Kitchen, district board chair. “Her efforts have positioned Moraine Park well and will allow us to move forward to meet the many challenges the future holds.”
Technology and securing federal grant funding has been emphasized during Hytrek’s tenure, which began in July 2004. Under her leadership Moraine Park secured numerous grants including a $1.9 million Title III grant; a $1.7 million Community-Based Job Training grant; a $1 million Upward Bound grant; and a $540,000 STEM Scholarship grant. Hytrek also initiated a continuous improvement process to meet the needs of district students and citizens.
During her presidency, the College’s physical facilities have increased to include new student services areas at the Beaver Dam and West Bend campuses, new and improved student life areas at all three campuses, a state-of-the-art Culinary Arts Learning Center and Park Terrace Restaurant at the Fond du Lac campus, new health science facilities at all three campuses and updated libraries at Beaver Dam and West Bend. Also, as a result of Hytrek’s leadership Moraine Park is:
- Expanding its transfer opportunities for seamless education between high schools and four-year colleges and universities;
- A leader in Tech Prep offerings;
- The first post-secondary institution in Wisconsin to implement an online Veterinary Technician associate of applied science degree program;
- A state leader in delivering customized training for business and industry.
Amidst these accomplishments, Hytrek said, “It has been an honor and pleasure to work with the high-quality, professional staff at the college. Our focus has been to ensure our students have the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and in their chosen careers. We take our Mission to provide our district with a highly-skilled, competitive workforce seriously. I am confident that when I leave, the college will continue to be a leader in many areas, and will maintain its strong financial position to successfully move forward into the next decade.”
While at Moraine Park, Hytrek served in many capacities including past president of the Wisconsin Technical College System’s (WTCS) President’s Association and past president of the Fond du Lac Area United Way board. She currently serves on the WTCS’s Districts Mutual Insurance board, the Fox Valley Workforce Development, the Fond du Lac Association of Commerce, Fond du Lac United Way and Women’s Fund board. Hytrek received her Doctor of Education and Master’s of Education from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and her undergraduate degree from Peru State College, Peru, Nebraska.
A national search for Hytrek’s successor will be conducted by Moraine Park’s Human Resources office. The College anticipates having a candidate selected by late spring 2011.