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For immediate release:   July 18, 2011
Contact:   Morna Foy, 608-266-2449, morna.foy@wtcsystem.edu
               Kyle Schwarm, 608-266-0050, kyle.schwarm@wtcsystem.edu


Wisconsin Technical College System honors S.C. Johnson
with "Futuremakers Partner Award"

         RACINE – S.C. Johnson Company received the “Futuremakers Partner Award” from the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board during the Centennial Lunch at Gateway Technical College on July 12. WTCS President Dan Clancy presented the award to Claudia Grace, learning consultant for S.C. Johnson.

         "The Futuremakers Partner award was created to celebrate the impact of college and employer collaboration in helping hundreds of thousands of students set a direction for their future," Clancy explained.

         Debbie Davidson, vice-president Workforce and Economic Development Division, Gateway Technical College, told the audience about the LINK Program through which S.C. Johnson employees have the opportunity to earn an associate degree at their workplace. Each semester more than 50 courses are offered at the Waxdale facility serving more than 300 S.C. Johnson employees.

         Demonstrating its commitment to the partnership with Gateway Technical College, S.C. Johnson representatives announced during the lunch that they would be making a $100,000 donation to the Gateway Technical College Foundation, Inc. The donation is being used to create an endowed scholarship fund for Gateway students. It will fund up to five $1,000 scholarships awarded annually to students enrolled in any associate degree program.

        Gateway offers courses in welding, statistical process controls, programmable logic controls, and software applications, along with a variety of machine repair and electro-mechanical technology courses at the S.C. Johnson location. Since the program began in1996, nearly one-third of the S.C. Johnson Racine workforce has taken at least one LINK course.

        "As business needs change, the LINK program will continue to evolve to address the needs of S.C. Johnson, their current and future workforce," Davidson concluded.

         "Today we not only honor S.C. Johnson for their support of the LINK program but for all the time, talent and financial resources they continue to invest in Gateway," Clancy stated.

        In accepting the award, Grace said her company, "looks forward to the next 100 years with the same spirit of adventure we’ve had in the first 100."

         The Wisconsin Technical College System has 16 technical college districts throughout the state, which offer more than 300 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas. In addition, the System is the major provider of customized training and technical assistance to Wisconsin’s business and industry community. More than half of all adults in Wisconsin have accessed the technical colleges for education and training. Find more about educational programs at www.witechcolleges.org.