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For Immediate Release:  April 25, 2013
Contact:   Conor Smyth, 608-266-2991, conor.smyth@wtcsystem.edu
               Kyle Schwarm, 608-266-0050, kyle.schwarm@wtcsystem.edu


MEDIA ALERT: Education leaders will gather to recognize Governor's
"Dual Credit Day" proclamation, dynamic local partnerships

         MADISON ­Morna K. Foy, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), and Dr. Tony Evers, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, will join local officials at Lomira High School on Tuesday to recognize the Governor¹s proclamation of April 30 as 'Dual Credit Day' in Wisconsin.

         Dual credit allows students to simultaneously earn high school and college credits with a single course or sequence of courses. Over the past five years alone, participation in dual credit has doubled, with more than 21,000 high school students across the state currently taking advantage of opportunities through partnerships developed with their local technical colleges.

WHAT:

“Dual Credit Day” in Wisconsin; 20th anniversary of the program

WHEN:

Tuesday, April 30, 2-3 p.m.

WHERE:

Technology Education Lab, Lomira High School, 1030 4th Street, Lomira, WI

WHY:

Recognize the enduring role of Wisconsin’s technical colleges in providing opportunities for motivated students to earn college credits while in high school, at no cost to the student

SPEAKERS/INTERVIEWS:

  • Morna K. Foy, President, Wisconsin Technical College System
  • Dr. Tony Evers, Superintendent, Department of Public Instruction
  • Dr. Sheila Ruhland, President, Moraine Park Technical College
  • Dr. John Shanahan, Past President, Moraine Park Technical College
  • Jim Wessing, President, Kondex Corporation
  • John Marx, Technical Education Teacher, Lomira High School

VISUALS:

Lomira High School’s state-of-the-art Technology Education Lab, including new instructional area for welding, provided in partnership with Kondex Corporation; Lomira High School students in action

         Those in attendance included the students and their families, college and system leaders, and program sponsors. "This event inspires all us to make a technical college opportunity available to more students like you, who truly represent the breadth of that opportunity," Foy told the student ambassadors. "We certainly appreciate Robert W. Baird’s long-standing, generous support of our efforts to recognize you," Foy stated.

         The students each spoke to the gathering. Corabeth Halverson was at the top of her high school class and initially chose a public four-year institution before transferring into the accounting program at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College. "Everyone assumed a four-year university was the only option for someone like me, but it wasn’t the right fit at all." Heidi Mrozek actually completed her four-year degree in psychology, she said, before realizing that Northcentral Technical College in Wausau would lead more directly to the health care careers in which she was most interested.

         In contrast, Tony Bellman was a high school dropout who had no interest in higher education until an injury ended his 20-year career as an equipment operator. "After achieving my GED at Nicolet Area Technical College," he said, "I had the confidence to enroll in the college’s IT program. This has been the best decision I’ve made for myself and my family."

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About the System:
The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) offers more than 300 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas and certificates. In addition, the System is the major provider of customized training and technical assistance to Wisconsin’s business and industry community. Nearly 370,000 individuals access the technical colleges for education and training each year. For the latest news, leader bios, multimedia and more, please visit our news room.