Foy with Students at Union Grove

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System President Foy Pays Manufacturing Month Visits to Union Grove and Elkhorn Area High Schools

October 19, 2016 | Conor Smyth

[Photo: Foy with Dream It. Do It. Student Ambassadors at Union Grove High School.]

Elkhorn, Wis. - Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) President Morna Foy was welcomed Wednesday by school leaders and visited with technical education students and teachers at Union Grove and Elkhorn Area High Schools as part of the System’s recognition of Manufacturing Month.

“It’s exciting to see the hands-on, valuable opportunities available to these kids,” Foy said. “I met dynamic, committed leaders and teachers whose energy and enthusiasm are very clear. That’s having an impact.”

Foy was joined on the visits by educational leaders from neighboring Gateway Technical College, one of 16 technical colleges that comprise the System, and Anne Nordholm, the Director of Education and Training Partnership for Milwaukee 7 (M7), a cooperative economic development agency for the seven counties of southeastern Wisconsin, including Walworth Racine and Kenosha counties.

Gateway leadership and faculty routinely collaborate with high schools, and many others in the region, to create learning and career awareness opportunities for students, including the potential to earn college credit at no cost to the student. M7 recently launched the GROW.HERE. campaign to develop talent pipelines for area employers.

The communities of Union Grove and Elkhorn, including employers, have demonstrated a strong commitment to Career & Technical Education (CTE), both by making students and their families aware of various career choices, and by allowing students to begin developing the skills and knowledge needed in those careers.

"Elkhorn Area High School has a display that includes the starting salaries for some of these technical careers,” Foy said. "They’re eye-opening. Today’s CTE is a long way from ‘shop class,’ and these opportunities are very real.”

Manufacturing Month is a collaborative, state-wide effort supported by the technical college system, the Departments of Public Instruction and Workforce Development, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and other partners.

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