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For Immediate Release:  March 19, 2013
Contact:   Conor Smyth, 608-266-2991,
               Kyle Schwarm, 608-266-0050,

WTCS “Tours of Excellence” increase
K-12 educator awareness of tech college programs

         MADISON – Registration begins today for participation in a statewide collaborative that allows K-12 educators to earn graduate credits for increasing their awareness of Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) programs and services during the week of June 17-21.

         Teachers, counselors and administrators participating in the week-long "Tours of Excellence" visit a different technical college each day for hands-on learning about the programs and services available to students, as well as the 21st century career options that await WTCS graduates. Tour participants complete an action plan for disseminating what they’ve learned, and will earn three graduate credits from Marian University in Fond du Lac.

         The tours are planned on a regional basis to allow for broad participation with local partners, with north, central and south sections. Space is limited to 30 individuals per section.

         A participant from last year’s tour remarked, "I feel much more prepared to share the opportunities for jobs and associate degrees that the technical colleges offer, as well as suggesting programs I feel my students would excel in."

         Trisha Hornburg, Waukesha County Technical College student recruitment supervisor and coordinator for the south section of the Tour said, "My experience is that every participant leaves with an increased appreciation for the great career and entrepreneurship opportunities available through WTCS programs. Earning three graduate credits makes it a true win-win."


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.