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Tech College Board Elects Officers

July 17, 2015 | Conor Smyth

FOND DU LAC – The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board elected officers this week while convened at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac. In other business, the Board received a debrief on employment outcomes for 2014 graduates and engaged two different groups of  System stakeholders.

The Board unanimously elected John Schwantes, a senior director with Johnsonville Sausage in Sheboygan, to serve a one-year term as board president. Mark Tyler, President of OEM Fabricators, a manufacturer in northwest Wisconsin, will serve as the Board’s vice-president, and Phil Baranowski, a retired K-12 administrator from Green Lake, continues as the Board’s secretary.

“My emphasis will be on continuing our role in delivering a reliable skill pipeline for Wisconsin’s employers,” Schwantes said. “Given the pace of change in the workplace, we’ll sharpen our focus on a framework that best allows people to advance those skills over the course of a career. That’s good for them and it’s good for business.”

Schwantes was pleased to begin his tenure by leading a discussion of the System's most recent Graduate Outcomes Report, which details the results of a survey of 2014 WTCS graduates. "A 92% placement rate is a very positive start to any of the discussions we'll have going forward," Schwantes remarked.

Board members also engaged two separate panels of technical college stakeholders. On Tuesday evening, the WTCS Board heard from a military veteran and two technical college staff working in the area of veteran services. All three agreed on the importance of providing strong support for returning members of the military and their families, and provided examples of student success strategies targeted to these individuals.

On Wednesday morning, the Board engaged human resources executives from three firms in three different geographic regions and industry sectors - manufacturing, health care and information technology - as part of an ongoing discussion of the System's strategic directions.

The WTCS Board next meets at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha in September, when it will continue its development of strategic directions for the next five-year period.