And the “Circle of Joy” award goes to …

Moraine Park Technical College held our final IT Careers Completion Ceremony on March 6, 2017 through the U.S. Department of Labor Interface grant program.  In 2014 Moraine Park received $995,662 of a $23.1 million statewide project.  In total, 93 MPTC students earned 126 certificates helping to prepare them for IT careers.  To date, 24 students have used their certificates into career pathways towards IT Associate degrees.

All 16 WTCS technical colleges, workforce partners and employers across the state participated in the Interface project generating over 4,000 IT student participants with national outcomes in career pathways, credit for prior learning, and an open educational resource basic computer skills curriculum.

On March 7 and 8, representatives from all the colleges gathered at the consortium lead college, North Central Technical College in Wausau, where Kathy Spada, Interface Consortium Project Manager reported the final results and congratulated everyone on the great success of this 4 year collaborative project.

Each college was featured with an award, exemplifying their overall project strengths.  Moraine Park Technical College was honored to receive the “Circle of Joy” Award.

“You can’t spend any time with this MPTC team and not leave smiling. This is about the happiest group of people I have ever met. I think this speaks volumes about the organizational culture at this college. Thank you as well for hosting us and feeding us during our fall biannual meeting. This college has had a significant impact on their students and their lives as a video taped during the biannual meeting at West Bend Campus demonstrates.  This College has built strong relationships with three workforce development organizations  including South Central, WOW, and Fox Valley. They are also a part of an IT Alliance, NEW North, and continue to  focus on ways to grow IT in the region. A Business practicum course has been an excellent opportunity for students to gain real-life experience while utilizing the skills learned in their certificate coursework. The students work on projects for local business, primarily in the development and updating of websites and mobile apps.  This helps them connect their classroom learning with the real world of work. The winner of the Circle of Joy Award is MPTC! Congratulations!”  Kathy Spada, INTERFACE Consortium Project Manager.

Photo caption: MPTC Interface Team left to right, Business Instructor Jeff Stueber, IT Instructor Dominic Garofalo, Grant Manager Anne Lemke, Associate Dean of Business and IT Lisa Pollard, Dean of Applied Technology and Trades Dr. Fred Rice.

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Written by Anne Lemke
Student Community Impact Coordinator