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The Power of Partnerships

December 02, 2014 | Conor Smyth

Wisconsin's technical colleges routinely collaborate to deliver innovative educational opportunities for students of all ages, with impressive results.

One recent example of this is a Mid-State Technical College collaboration, which resulted in students from four area high schools learning about solar panel installation and energy consumption.

Key partners included:
  • Mid-State Technical College faculty and leadership;
  • the Incourage Community Foundation, based in Wisconsin Rapids; and
  • faculty and students from Assumption, Lincoln, Port Edwards and Nekoosa high schools.

The work was made possible with a grant from Constellation, a national supplier of power, natural gas, renewable energy and energy management products and services for homes and businesses across the continental U.S.

Mid-State President Dr. Sue Budjac noted in her most recent blog:

"Grant applications are often highly competitive, so a grant award is acknowledgment of the high value and impact of Mid-State Technical College (MSTC) programs and services.  Grants allow us to capitalize on existing assets, people, and sources to improve the quality of an MSTC education.  They are also a tribute to the innovative thinking and determined efforts of our employees."

"In partnership with Incourage Community Foundation and our K-12 partners, MSTC recently received one of only 10 national grants from Constellation, a national energy company.  This $45,000 award enables MSTC Renewable Energy program faculty to help nearly 200 students from four local high schools to measure the energy efficiency of their school facilities and design a photovoltaic system to be used as a demonstration unit in future classes."