News Release

Published on Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Corporation for National and Community Service named Western Technical College to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth.

“We are truly honored to receive this recognition. It is a testament to the faculty and staff who have incorporated service-learning into their curriculum in a way that has been enthusiastically embraced by students,” said Lee Rasch, Western Technical College president. “This honor affirms our commitment to providing students with real life experiences where they can use the skills they learn in the classroom.”

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the college offers academic service-learning courses.

In the 2006-07 school year, 1,049 Western students participated in more than 26,600 hours of service. Examples of the service projects include campus food drives, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Neighbor’s Day 2007, and a cell phone drive.

“College students like those at Western are tackling the toughest problems in America, demonstrating their compassion, commitment, and creativity by serving as mentors, tutors, health workers, and even engineers,” said David Eisner, chief executive officer for the Corporation for National and Community Service. “They represent a renewed spirit of civic engagement fostered by outstanding leadership on caring campuses.”

In congratulating the winners, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings said, “Americans rely on our higher education system to prepare students for citizenship and the workforce. We look to institutions like these to provide leadership in partnering with local schools to shape the civic, democratic, and economic future of our economy.”

In total, the Community Service Honor Roll recognized 528 colleges nationwide, including Presidential Award, Special Achievement Award, Honor Roll with Distinction, and Honor Roll member recipients. Only 10 colleges in Wisconsin received this distinction, and of those Western was the only technical college on the list. A full list is available at

The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, through its Learn and Serve America program, and the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

To learn more about Western Technical College programs and services, please call 608.785.9200 or visit the Web site at