3. February 2012 07:20
With some of the fastest growing occupations requiring an associate’s degree or technical diploma, technical colleges are poised to help Wisconsin on the road to economic recovery. February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) month throughout the state and nation, and Moraine Park Technical College is highlighting the importance of Technical Education throughout the month.
District-wide, Moraine Park celebrates CTE month with Discover Moraine Park (DMP), February 7, 8 and 9 on the College’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses, respectively. DMP is an annual event for anyone wanting to get a jump start on the admissions process. Participants receive information on Moraine Park programs and further assistance on meeting their career goals and completing the steps needed for the admissions process. Representatives from student services, college activities, clubs, student government, admissions and financial aid are present to answer questions.
Also celebrating is the Moraine Park Association of Career and Technical Education (MPACTE). The organization is holding its annual awards banquet on February 20 to recognize individuals for their dedication to and excellence in career and technical education. Throughout the year, MPACTE supports student achievement by awarding eight $300 scholarships to full-time Moraine Park students and five $200 scholarships to part-time Moraine Park students. Scholarships are cosponsored by both the Moraine Park Federation of Teachers and the MPACTE organization.
At the State level, The Wisconsin Association of CTE is holding a legislative seminar in Madison on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The seminar will look at the future of CTE in the State of Wisconsin and how to be more effective advocates for CTE. “Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges have forged strong local partnerships with business and industry, as well as beneficial collaborations with area public school districts,” added Dan Clancy, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System. “Successful implementation of the resulting career pathways will ensure that educational opportunities align with industry needs and students see a clear path to future career success.”
Nationally, Moraine Park President Sheila Ruhland will be attending 2012 National Policy Seminar hosted by the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) where she will meet with key members of Congress and hear from national leaders in education.
For more information about Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu. For more information on statewide CTE month activities, visit witechcolleges.org.