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Tech College System Board Recognizes Trace-A-Matic as "Futuremakers Partner"

March 23, 2016 | Conor Smyth

Pewaukee, Wis. - The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board awarded its "Futuremakers Partner" award to Trace-A-Matic Tuesday evening. The award recognizes the dynamic partnerships between Wisconsin's technical colleges and their community and employer partners.

Located in Brookfield, Trace-A-Matic is a precision machining company serving the oil and gas, defense, medical, food, pharmaceutical and aerospace industries, among others. Trace also operates facilities in Houston, Texas. The company has had a far-reaching partnership with Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) and the community in which they have operated since 1968.

"On a local, state and national level, there has been much discussion about the shortage of skilled workers, especially in the manufacturing field," said Trace-A-Matic President Thorsten Wienss. "WCTC has been a great partner and part of the solution in Waukesha County by providing an advanced manufacturing curriculum that is business-driven."

In 2013, the company worked with WCTC and the college’s K-12 school district partners to create the “Dual Enrollment Academy” for high school students. The Academy was designed to provide high school seniors with a head start in high-demand careers, along with an opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school. Trace also made a significant gift in support of WCTC’s new Integrated Manufacturing Center, with a ribbon-cutting slated for April.

"Trace-A-Matic was the founding employer partner of WCTC’s Dual Enrollment Academy and is a tremendous advocate for the college," said WCTC President Kaylen Betzig. "From serving on our advisory committees to hiring our graduates, Trace continues to make a difference in both the local economy and sustainable future of the community."

Emphasizing appreciation for Trace’s contributions, WTCS Board President John Schwantes, a director with Johnsonville Sausage in Sheboygan stated, "This is yet another powerful example of the synergetic relationships between Wisconsin’s employers and our technical colleges."