Issue 2, 2009 A Newsletter about the Corporate Donation Program of the Wisconsin Technical College System Foundation Chippewa Valley Technical College dental clinic trains students while providing service to low-income patients Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College partners with Marshfield Clinic to create new Health Education Center Langlade County helps Northcentral Technical College create the Wood Manufacturing Center of Excellence Nicolet Area Technical College promotes growth through Northwoods Manufacturing Consortium Help educate Wisconsin’s workforce...donate equipment to the Technical Colleges 2 At Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Partnership Creates New Health Education Center at WITC 6 At Northcentral Technical College Wood Manufacturing Center of Excellence: A Higher Education Partnership 8 At Chippewa Valley Technical College CVTC Dental Clinic Could be Part of the Solution for Health Care 10 At Nicolet Area Technical College Northwoods Manufacturing Consortium 14 The Corporate Donation Program On our cover: Marquette Dentists and CVTC staff Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College work together to provide low cost care to patients on medical assistance, while Partnership training students in dentistry. Creates New Health By any other definition, the building looks like a medical clinic. But upon closer examination one discovers it’s a thriving, true-to-life learning facility... a place where students learn The Wisconsin Technical College System, established in, includes 16 regional how to be the real thing: post-secondary education districts with 49 campuses statewide serving over 453,000 students annually. Corporations contract with the Colleges to train over 100,000 top notch health providers. members of the corporate workforce each year. This issue of Donation Matters highlights the districts shown in tan on map. Future issues will visit with our other technical college districts. 2 Education Center at WITC It’s the brainchild of two collaborating entities: “We’ve always held WITC in high regard from our MARSHFIELD CLINIC and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical experience with their programs and students,” Anderson College, with the product being the Health Education said. “Part of the mission of MARSHFIELD CLINIC includes Center (HEC) located in the former MARSHFIELD CLINIC education and this was the perfect fit. We had the building building on north Main Street in Rice Lake, Wis. space available and worked closely with them on financing There was an agreement to make it work for the benefit the necessary remodeling so they could expand their health of both institutions and the remodeling of the building care programs. It really was a win-win situation for both of started last fall. The total cost of the project was $60,000, us and we’re very pleased with the end result.” of which MARSHFIELD CLINIC covered 90 percent of the MARSHFIELD CLINIC vacated the site in April 2008, expenses. Jolene Anderson, administrator of MARSHFIELD and soon thereafter, the old building reopened with a new CLINIC – Rice Lake Center, called it an “ideal partnership” purpose. Classrooms, office space, computer labs and in providing a local, highly trained workforce in the health instructional exam rooms now occupy nearly 6,000 square care fields. feet of the second floor. continued on page 4... 3 ...continued from page 3 Partnership Creates New Health Education Center — Dr. Robert Meyer President Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College er will This cent that re help ensu be ill WITC w inue to nt able to co lified ua provide q the gradua tes in cupations health oc f our o field to all h local healt rs. ide care prov programs receive their core class instruction at the HEC. Students still attend general education courses on the main campus. “The Health Education Center would not be possible without the tremendous “The overwhelming majority of students support that we received from the seem to enjoy being at the HEC,” said Mary MARSHFIELD CLINIC organization,” said Ann Pebler, WITC dean of Allied Health. Craig Fowler, vice president, continuing “The space is considered ‘their space’ and education/executive director, foundation and some students even come to the HEC Rice Lake campus administrator. “From the campus on days they don’t have classes to beginning, Jolene Anderson, Brad Bekkum, study in groups or access the resources. The Dan DeGroot, John Dubiel and Scott location is also very close to local health care Kniprath all worked very hard to make this agencies for the nursing students, where center a reality. This center will help ensure many students have clinical rotations.” that WITC will be able to continue to About 100 full-time and 200 part-time provide qualified graduates in the health students in the Associate Degree Nursing, occupations field to all of our local health Nursing Assistant and Medical Assistant care providers.” 4 Large left: Students utilize a lab space at Wisconsin Indianhead WITC’s new Health Education Center. The building was the former home of Marshfield Technical College Clinic. Classrooms, office space, computer labs and instructional exam rooms now occupy nearly 6,000 square feet of the second floor. Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is Circle: Tiffany Sprague, right, prepares to an accredited two-year college offering a take a blood pressure reading from Candi Paul, as instructor Carol Utpadel observes technologically advanced college experience during class at WITC’s new Health based on the latest theories and approaches. Education Center. Both Sprague and Paul Faculty mentors with real world experience are students in WITC’s Medical Assistant program. offer associate and technical degree career programs, professional certificates, and business and industry services that contribute to the vitality of Northwest Wisconsin. The college’s four main campuses include Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake and Superior, with branch campuses in Ladysmith and Hayward. All promote business growth, supply a skilled work force and provide local education and training to support a strong economy. Each campus includes a conference center available for local corporate and community development organizations to participate in statewide, national or global meetings using current teleconferencing technology. Marshfield Clinic When six MARSHFIELD physicians pooled The clinic’s willingness to explore new Smart Reason their medical expertise in 1916 to form horizons has resulted in numerous medical MARSHFIELD CLINIC, they built the and service innovations. Its research to Donate: foundation for what has grown to become division, MARSHFIELD CLINIC RESEARCH Unused building one of the largest private, multispecialty FOUNDATION ( MCRF), was established space can be used group practices in the United States. in 1959. to train your future With 796 physicians representing Housed in the Lawton Center and the workforce 83 different medical specialties, 6,500 Melvin R. Laird Center, MCRF scientists additional staff, and 49 regional centers/sites conduct research on health care and public in 33 communities throughout northern, health. Areas of focus include clinical central and western Wisconsin, research, rural and agricultural health and MARSHFIELD CLINIC is growing. Patients safety, human genetics, epidemiology and from every county in Wisconsin, 49 of the biomedical informatics. 50 states in the nation, and 19 foreign countries were seen within the Clinic system in 2008. 5 Northcentral Technical College Wood Manufacturing Center of Excellence: — Dr. Lori Weyers President Northcentral Technical College Northcentral Technical College (NTC), In September, 2008, the Langlade County Langlade County, the City of Antigo, Board approved borrowing approximately local K-12 schools and local wood $2.5 million for the construction of a 30,000 manufacturers are collaborating to expand sq. ft. wood technology economic educational opportunities in the wood development building on NTC’s Antigo manufacturing industry through a new campus. Center of Excellence slated to open on Supervisor Dave Morse told fellow board the NTC Antigo Campus in 2010. members that the investment was “fiscally” The partnership began in 2006, when responsible, and that the educational local employers approached NTC with the programs that will be offered have an need for a larger skilled workforce to replace opportunity to improve the community. retiring workers and support advancing “We have a real chance here,” Morse said, technology that would allow them to compete stressing that the opportunities offset the nationally and globally. NTC representatives investment made through the College and researched the required curriculum in wood the County. manufacturing technologies and determined The pinnacle of LANGLADE COUNTY’s that hands-on experience with actual commitment to its residents, business and equipment would be required. industry is its decision to donate the Wood Recognizing the immediacy of the Manufacturing Center of Excellence to NTC training needs, LANGLADE COUNTY’s upon repayment of its 10-year loan. This gift economic development committee took up will provide sustained wood industry training the challenge and launched an effort with throughout the County and showcase County and State officials to implement construction of a wood technology facility. continued on page 13... 6 A Higher Education Partnership Northcentral Technical College NTC is a customer-focused, accessible provider of innovative lifelong learning that builds a globally competitive workforce. The College’s 5,900 square mile, 10-county district includes six convenient campus locations in Wausau, Antigo, Medford, Phillips, Spencer and Wittenberg, as well as a Public Safety Training & Education Center in Merrill. NTC offers over 32 associate degree programs, 23 technical diploma programs and more than 110 short-term certificate options, with many credits transferring to Wisconsin’s four-year public and private colleges, creating a seamless path for lifelong learning. NTC graduates are highly successful in their ability to move from the classroom into the workroom. 90% of the graduates of the class of 2008 were employed within six months of graduation. In addition, the College’s Workforce Learning Solutions team annual serves over 11,000 district employees through continuing education and contract training opportunities. The pinnacle of For more information on NTC, please call 715-675-3331 or Langlade County’s visit us on the web at ntc.edu. commitment to its residents, business and industry is its decision to donate the Wood Manufacturing Center of Excellence Langlade County to NTC. LANGLADE COUNTY, located in the heart of northern Wisconsin, is central to 125 area wood manufacturing enterprises that benefit from the more than 160,000 acres of hardwood timber located within its borders. LANGLADE COUNTY owns 127,000 acres Smart Reason of forest land and earns over $1.5 million to Donate: dollars annually in timber sale revenues. Create the facility However, annual revenues from timber sales to train the skilled are dependent upon the market for wood workforce you need products. The COUNTY’s investment in the Wood Technology Center of Excellence will create additional opportunities to market estimated that the wood products industry timber harvested in LANGLADE COUNTY. in LANGLADE COUNTY is responsible for a According to a feasibility study prepared for total of 686 jobs, wages of almost $24 Northcentral Technical College by the million and producing total output of University of Wisconsin Extension, it is almost $115 million. 7 Chippewa Valley Technical College CVTC Dental Clinic Could be Part of the — Mr. Bruce Barker President Chippewa Valley Technical College The Dental Clinic at Chippewa Valley The backlog has to do with the lack Technical College in Eau Claire has served of incentive private practice dentists have more than 25,000 low-income patients since in providing care for those on medical it opened in 2004 and it is being looked at as assistance, a category of patient that a national model. comprises three quarters of all patients at More than 4,000 would-be patients are on the CVTC clinic. Many thousands across a waiting list to receive dental care, and a like Wisconsin go without dental care. number await hygiene care. “Many of the patients in the CVTC The desire for the benefits of partnership clinic have not seen a dentist in 10 years,” among CVTC, MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY, says Dr. Sheila Stover, a director of Rural and the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN FAMILY Outreach at MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY’s MEDICINE CLINIC, was part of the genesis of School of Dentistry, and a frequent the Health Education Center that houses one practitioner at the CVTC Dental Clinic. of the largest dental clinics in the state. 8 Solution for Health Care Top right: Pam Entorf is a dental hygienist instructor at Chippewa Valley Technical College and a leader in establishing the CVTC Dental Clinic. She sees herself as a health activist, frequently pointing out the evidence-based link between overall health and good oral hygiene. She believes CVTC’s efforts could be replicated by other colleges for great public savings. Middle right: Dr. William Lobb, dean, Marquette University School of Dentistry (left); Bruce Barker, president, Chippewa Valley Technical College (middle); and Rick McClaflin M.D., director, University of Wisconsin Family Medicine Clinic Eau Claire (right). Marquette University and the UW Clinic have been partners in the clinic since it opened in 2004. Bottom Right: X-Rays are examined in the CVTC Dental Clinic. “We know that there is a direct correlation The CVTC clinic succeeds on a number between overall health and oral health,” says of levels. Providing low-cost care to the Smart Reason Pam Entorf, one of the principals at the underprivileged is one. But the founding to Donate: clinic and a CVTC Dental Hygiene purpose of the clinic was and is educational. Your expertise helps Instructor. Stories abound of emergency The MARQUETTE dental students and educating students, room visits by people with aches and graduates, and the Chippewa Valley while providing a abscesses, oral health care problems. And Technical College students in dental service to your of course these visits often do constitute hygiene and dental hygiene assisting, community emergencies in that people are in dire pain. are brought together with CVTC staff But such patients should be treated by a dentists, and occasionally, resident dentist, not a physician, for the sake of physicians from the UNIVERSITY OF efficient care. WISCONSIN FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC in a wholly unique learning venture. continued on page 12... 9 Nicolet Area Technical College Northwoods Manufacturing Consortium — Dr. Adrian Lorbetske President Nicolet Area Technical College Thom Umlauf of Superior Diesel, foreground, describes an engine assembly to members of the Northwoods Manufacturing Steering Committee during a tour of the Superior Diesel plant. The Rhinelander plant customizes engines for more than 250 applications. There was a time when manufacturing Nicolet’s vice president of instruction who, professionals in Wisconsin’s rural not by coincidence, has a long history of Northwoods had little opportunity to promoting manufacturing during his 29 years network with each other. Sure, there were in the Wisconsin Technical College System. national professional organizations that many “The consortium has become a great forum of them belonged to, but really not many for manufacturing professionals to get structured activities on the local level. together to network, to determine as a group All that changed nine years ago when Jim what their training and professional Brown and Don Roberts from Nicolet Area development needs are, and to work together Technical College invited together a handful to find solutions to common issues they face of Northwoods manufacturing leaders. in their day-to-day operations.” Brown and Roberts wanted to see if there The consortium is driven by a 18-member was interest in forming a local professional steering committee that meets monthly to group to promote and improve the identify needs and then plan activities to manufacturing environment in the region. meet those needs. Three times a year the Today, that handful has grown to more consortium holds dinners for the general than 100 individuals who participate in a membership. These events feature a keynote wide variety of activities sponsored by the speaker of state or national manufacturing NORTHWOODS MANUFACTURING prominence and also tours of area CONSORTIUM. manufacturing facilities. “It’s safe to say that there’s been a great In the early days Nicolet’s Don Roberts response to the consortium,” said Brown, wasn’t exactly sure what the response was 10 continued on page 13... Promotes Growth, Professional Development The Consortium’s goal: Working together for overall economic development and Members of the Northwoods Manufacturing Consortium’s Steering Committee who recently toured the Superior Diesel plant in Rhinelander include front row, left to right, Jim Brown, Nicolet College; Steve Daigle, Daigle Brothers, Inc.; Jeff Cummings, growth of the Red Arrow Products; Thom Umlauf, Superior Diesel; Steve Denis, Northstar Steel Fabricating, Inc.; back row, Brian Wendt, Superior Diesel; Matt Garske, Northland Stainless, Inc.; Ben Bonnell, Wausau Paper-Rhinelander Mill; Steve Pawelko, community. Advanced Barrier Extrusions; Jeff Otto, Harley-Davidson Motor Co.; and Ron Zimmerman, PCA Tomahawk Mill. Northwoods Manufacturing Consortium The NORTHWOODS MANUFACTURING — Helping Nicolet develop the curriculum CONSORTIUM has been involved in a wide for the 16-credit Industrial Mainte- variety of partnerships and activities over nance Electronics one-year technical the years. These include: diploma, which started in 2008; and — Working closely with K-12 technology college’s new 10-credit Manufacturing education students and staff to promote Fundamentals/Essentials certificate careers in manufacturing. This includes which will be offered for the first time creating Youth Apprenticeship employ- this fall. ment opportunities for high school — Working closely with Grow North, the students and providing scholarships to region’s economic development junior high students to attend the corporation. week-long Camp Wanna Weld at — Creating the initial framework for the Nicolet College which introduces launch of the region’s Inventors and students to welding. Entrepreneurs Club, which spun off from the consortium in 2005. 11 Continued from page 9... Chippewa Valley Technical College For a free DVD “This is an opportunity. You can bring patients win and the taxpayers win,” says explaining the successes members of the dental team together,” Dr. David Johnson, a CVTC staff dentist of the clinic, email said Dr. William Lobb, dean of dentistry with decades of private practice. email@example.com at Marquette. Pam Entorf, who is increasingly The interaction among the professionals known for her advocacy, believes that other and future professionals, and the service to technical colleges could do much the same the underprivileged might go unnoticed as CVTC has and reduce health care costs but for another fact: the clinic breaks even! within states by millions. She has support. It didn’t always. But by adding chairs to “This is absolutely a replicable model,” says increase volume and by securing grants, the Public Health Hygienist Lisa Bell of the CVTC Dental Clinic does not cost the Wisconsin Division of Public Health. taxpayers a dime, says Kirk Moist, CVTC CVTC “is way ahead of the curve.” director of finance. “The students win, the Chippewa Valley Technical College “ The students win, CVTC offers associate degree and technical diploma programs to more than 6,000 the patients win and full-time and 16,000 continuing education students at five different campuses in west-central Wisconsin, with the main campus located in Eau Claire. Other campuses the taxpayers win.” are located in Menomonie, River Falls, Neillsville, and Chippewa Falls. CVTC maintains — Dr. David Johnson CVTC staff dentist state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and actively collaborates with business, government, communities, and other educational institutions to meet workforce needs in the region and serve the larger community. CVTC’s Simulation City, where the “Flood House” is located, is a significant part of the college’s long-range strategic plan to combine structures and demonstration learning areas for simulation training in emergency events including medical emergencies, fires, floods, and crime scenes. 12 Continued from page 10... Nicolet Area Technical College going to be to the tours, considering that Today the benefits of the consortium The benefits of the some members were competitors. The have extended well beyond the individual consortium have extended whole issue of revealing trade secrets by facilities. “Overall economic development well beyond the individual letting the competition into your plant was and community growth have always been facilities. A lot of the credit always in the back of their minds. very important to the consortium,” said Thom Umlauf, a founding consortium for that goes to Nicolet “What we found was that the more College, which has been manufacturers opened their doors, the member with SUPERIOR DIESEL in more comfortable everyone became,” said Rhinelander. “The consortium is a very the glue that has held Roberts, special projects coordinator at worthwhile organization. A lot of the credit everything together. Nicolet. “It didn’t take that long before they for that needs to go to Nicolet College, started helping each other. They became which over the years has been the glue comfortable with picking up the phone to that has held everything together.” find the answer to anything they had a question about.” Nicolet Area Technical College About 10,000 people a year utilize some aspect of Nicolet Area Technical College. About 2,000 students annually enroll in credit classes. The others take advantage of a wide variety of other services and opportunities the college provides. These include numerous business development and personal enrichment opportunities through its Center for Business and Community Education; the Nicolet Live! Arts and Speakers Series; the Outdoor Adventure Series; and the Learning in Retirement organization, made up of more than 300 Northwoods retirees with a life-long desire to learn. The Nicolet district is located in one of the more rural portions of the state, with an estimated 84,000 people living in the district which encompasses all of Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties and portions of Lincoln, Langlade and Iron counties. Continued from page 6... Northcentral college LANGLADE COUNTY wood products, This unique partnership is evidenced in assisting in the economic development many additional ways. The Antigo School enhanced through governmental, industrial District offers the WoodLINKS program and educational partnerships. that prepares students to explore careers in “These are things we have to do together woods manufacturing. Community leaders because we can’t afford to go it alone,” said and employers have provided input into Dr. Lori Weyers, President, Northcentral curriculum development and aided in Technical College. “The unwavering recruitment of instructional staff. County conviction of the County Board of and industry representatives are serving on Supervisors has brought the concept for the program advisory committee. training to fruition, an undertaking that “It’s all about partnership and was not easy considering current economic collaboration,” said Weyers. challenges.” 13 Thank You The Corporate Donation Program to these recent donors: American Bolt The Foundation has operated the Corporate Donation Program since 1979, soliciting American Family Insurance gifts such as equipment, materials, cash, and buildings from individuals, associations, and corporations. These donations are matched up to needs at the individual technical Boulevard Moving colleges, helping them continue to educate skilled workers to keep Wisconsin industries and Storage competitive and its economy healthy. Bradley Center The Corporate Donation Program can help support your corporate mission and Briggs & Stratton even enhance your bottom line. DaimlerChrysler Evco How does your Why donate to the GE Medical Systems company benefit? Corporate Donation Program? GE Osmonics Corporate Tax Deduction Credibility. Section 170(e)(3) of the Internal Revenue Over 25 years of program experience Generac Power Systems Code allows qualifying companies a tax ensures delivery of your donations to Gordon Flesch Company deduction. intended recipients. Harnischfeger Corporation Additional Warehouse Space Flexibility In-Sink-Erator The elimination of slow-moving inventory Your product can be shipped to the Johnson Financial Group or excess equipment increases warehouse Technical College(s) that meets both your capacity and decreases administrative company’s preferences and local needs. M R Bearing expenses. Efficiency Midland Plastics Positive Public Relations From scheduling pick-ups to processing Monarch Corporation The Corporate Donation Program staff is documentation, our professional and PT Products, Inc. ready to help your organization maximize courteous staff makes each donation easy on public-relations opportunities to and time efficient. Schroeder Installation Systems highlight your donation. Valuable Resources State Machine Tool Philanthropic Involvement Donations continue to educate skilled Thermo Electron Your partnership with the Corporate workers to keep Wisconsin industries Donation Program provides a fitting competitive and its economy healthy. UW Credit Union channel for investing in the people Waukesha Industrial and communities that contribute to Supply, Inc. your success. Wells Fargo Bank Wisconsin Control Corporation To donate call 1-800-322-1354 14 WISCONSIN TECHNICAL The Wisconsin Technical College System Foundation COLLEGE SYSTEM The Foundation was established in 1977 to assist the Wisconsin Technical College WTCS System System Board and Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges. By facilitating the development Daniel Clancy, President and funding of a variety of projects, the Foundation helps the colleges accomplish Blackhawk projects that can be done more efficiently and effectively on a cooperative basis, rather Dr. Eric A. Larson, President than individually. Chippewa Valley Mr. Bruce Barker, President The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, non-stock corporation solicits grants and gifts, develops shared courseware, and conducts other charitable and educational Fox Valley Dr. Susan May, President functions on behalf of the colleges. Gateway Mr. Bryan Albrecht, President Lakeshore Foundation Board Members Dr. Michael Lanser, President Madison Area Edward Chin, President Thomas Fletemeyer, Board Member Dr. Bettsey Barhorst, President Past President & State Director of Wisconsin Technical College System Bachelors Degree from Purdue University Past Board Member, Competitive Wisconsin Masters Degree from UW Madison Past Board Member, Forward Wisconsin Program Supervisor at Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau Mid-State Past Research Specialist, University of Wisconsin - Madison Bureau Director at Wisconsin Technical College System Board Dr. John Clark, President Executive Director at Wisconsin Educational Communications Board Eugene Lehrmann,Vice-President Milwaukee Area Past President of Wisconsin Technical College System Foundation C. Phillip Johnson, Board Member Vicki Martin, Interim President Immediate Past President (National), American Association of Retired Persons Past Member of Wisconsin Bar Chairperson, Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care Past President of Wisconsin Technical College System Board Past State Director, Wisconsin Technical College System Past Board Member, U.W. Board of Regents Moraine Park Past Member, National Hospice Organization Board Past President, Wisconsin Technical College System Foundation, Inc. Dr. L. Gayle Hytrek, President James Elliott, Secretary Earl Mihlbauer, Board Member Nicolet Area Past President, Wisconsin Technical College System Board Bachelors Degree from Western Michigan University Dr. Adrian Lorbetske, President Member of Greater Milwaukee Committee Masters Degree from UW Whitewater, Past President, Milwaukee Building Trades Council Executive Director of Wisconsin Technical College Northcentral Past Member of Competitive Wisconsin Districts Boards Association Dr. Lori Weyers, President Robert Sorensen, Treasurer Linda Stewart, Board Member Past State Director of Wisconsin Technical College System Director of Workforce Development Center, U.W. Milwaukee Northeast Wisconsin Past President of Moraine Technical College Past Cabinet Secretary, State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Dr. H. 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