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Tech College Board Highlights Partnership with Global Manufacturer Snap-on

September 09, 2015 | Conor Smyth

Kenosha – The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board awarded its “Futuremakers Partner” award to Snap-on, Incorporated Tuesday evening. The award recognizes the dynamic and enduring partnerships between Wisconsin’s technical colleges and their employer partners.  

Snap-on, based in Kenosha for more than 85 years, is a worldwide manufacturer of shop equipment products, automotive diagnostic tools, and repair information solutions. The company has a footprint in 130 countries and a long-standing partnership with WTCS and Gateway Technical College.

 “I was aware even before tonight what an exemplary partnership this is,” said WTCS Board President John Schwantes, who is a director for Johnsonville Sausage in Sheboygan. “Snap-on’s leadership clearly believes that an investment in Gateway is an investment in all of the communities served by the college. In many ways, this is typical of the dynamic, long-standing partnerships our colleges have with industry.”

"Snap-on is a strong advocate for career and technical education and deserving of this recognition," said Gateway Technical College President and CEO Bryan Albrecht."The Gateway community is grateful for Snap-on's leadership and commitment to student success. Snap-on's support for community and technical colleges like Gateway serves as a national model of how business and education partnerships can improve education and economic outcomes."

Snap-on’s commitment to Gateway includes access to personnel, tools and equipment; intellectual property; instructor training and industry curriculum; and brand identity. Students receive scholarships, as well as access to industry networks, product testing and the world’s best tools. The collective impact of their effort extends to more than 20,000 students earning industry credentials that improve their career opportunities and futures.

“Technical education and technical careers are the answer for our workforce and the nation so we win the global competition for jobs,” said Samuel Bottum, Snap-on’s Director of Corporate Initiatives. “Our partnership with Gateway goes back decades and has expanded to other colleges over time. We believe that Wisconsin’s technical colleges are a model for the country.”