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For immediate release: March 21, 2012
Contacts:   Morna Foy, 608-266-2449, morna.foy@wtcsystem.edu
                Kyle Schwarm, 608-266-0050, kyle.schwarm@wtcsystem.edu


Wisconsin Technical College System honors Skyward, Inc.
with "Futuremakers Partner Award"

         WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board honored Skyward, Inc. with a Futuremakers Partner award for Skyward’s significant contributions to technical college programming and workforce development. This award is designed to recognize organizations that partner with technical colleges in pursuit of strong futures through sustainable jobs.

         WTCS President Daniel Clancy presented the award during a March 20 WTCS Board meeting in Wisconsin Rapids. Nominated by Mid-State Technical College (MSTC), privately-owned Skyward demonstrates value for technical college education and training through its regular collaboration with MSTC. College officials regularly cite their partnership with Skyward for helping them develop and grow Wisconsin’s workforce.

         "On behalf of the entire WTCS, I want to thank Skyward for their support of Mid-State Technical College and for all the time, talent, and financial resources they continue to invest in the local community and the entire region," Clancy stated.

         "Skyward is honored to receive this award," Skyward President Scott Glinski said. "Our partnership with MSTC has provided us an avenue to bring in candidates familiar with the latest technologies and we are very pleased with the quality of MSTC and other technical college graduates we have hired," he added.

         "Skyward’s leadership and guidance in academic programming, generosity in student scholarships, internships, and employment of MSTC graduates demonstrates their endorsement of technical college training to develop and maintain Wisconsin’s workforce," said MSTC President Dr. Sue Budjac.

         The Futuremakers Partner award celebrates the impact of college and employer collaboration in helping hundreds of thousands of students set a direction for their future. The Stevens Point-based company, which markets school administration software, currently employs more than 50 individuals who graduated from or attended WTCS institutions. Nearly 30 of these employees are MTSC graduates, including Glinski, who earned an MSTC associate degree in instrumentation in 1987.

         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. 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.