Moraine Park board member will represent central region
Moraine Park Technical College recognizes district board member and alumni Vernon Jung on his election on the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Board of Directors. Jung, of Kewaskum, will be representing the Central Region, which is comprised of Minn; Wis; Ill; Ind; Mo; Kan; Ky; Mich; and Ontario, Canada.
“I am pleased and excited to have Vernon represent ACCT and Moraine Park on a national level,” said Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president. “Vernon has served on the MPTC district board for 17 years and continues to do an outstanding job advocating for career and technical education and supporting the mission and goals of the College. The College is proud of Vernon’s accomplishments and we look forward to his leadership at the local, state and national level.”
Jung has attended ACCT events at least once a year since coming on the Moraine Park district board in 1995. He has served on ACCT committees for several years, presenting three times at ACCT events.
ACCT is a nonprofit educational organization of boards who govern over 1,200 community, technical and junior colleges in the United States and beyond. Jung will now play a larger role in the organization making decisions that affect over 11 million students annually.
“The ACCT Board is comprised of just 26 elected trustees among more than 6,500 members. Wisconsin represents a very small portion of ACCT's total membership, so it’s a testament to Vernon’s reputation among his peers to have him elected to this important position,” said Pat Costello, president of the Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association.
As an ACCT representative, Jung will focus on many subjects relating to career and technical education but plans to address student completion as much as possible. “There are many factors that are affecting student retention,” said Jung. “I plan to work with other ACCT leaders to address and ensure our students are not only enrolling but successfully completing their programs of study.” Jung added that it’s important to learn and work with other states in key areas affecting community and technical colleges. He plans to share his experiences and bring back information to Moraine Park’s district board.
Jung graduated from Moraine Park in 1983 in Machine Tool Technologies. Jung received Moraine Park’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001 on behalf of his dedication and service to the College. It was during a visit back to the West Bend campus in 1995 that Vernon’s passion for technical education truly emerged — Vernon saw dated technology that he had used a dozen years earlier and knew he had to get involved to make a change. Shortly after, Vernon joined the board and got to work.
“As a manufacturer and a Moraine Park graduate, Vernon has always been an important voice for the role technical colleges play supporting a strong manufacturing sector and high-wage job creation. It will be great to have Vernon bring this voice to a prominent national position,” said Costello.
Lowell Prill, who started on the Moraine Park district board in July, attended the ACCT conference with Jung and was present for his election to the Central Region. “With Vernon’s many years of expertise and involvement with ACCT, he is well qualified for the position and will be an asset to the national board as Central Region Director.”
For more information on ACCT, visit acct.org. For more information on Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.