News Release

Published on Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A teacher from Germany will be sharing his experiences in post-secondary technical education this week at Western Technical College as part of a teacher exchange program between the Wisconsin Technical College System and Hessen, Germany.

The visit by Klaus Neumann is part of a program designed to promote and advance cooperation between colleges, teachers, students, and businesses in Wisconsin and Hessen. The focus of the exchange program is on curriculum development, strategic planning, and the exchange of experience in education, economic development, and technical training.

Neumann is one of six German teachers visiting Wisconsin Technical Colleges through Thursday, Oct. 23. He will tour Western’s campus, meet with President Lee Rasch, and guest lecture in several classes.

The relationship between the two technical education systems sprouted from a partnership between Hessen and Wisconsin, which began over 32 years ago. Ten years ago, the Wisconsin Technical College System and the Hessian Ministry of Education entered into an agreement to advance mutual global education objectives. Eight years ago, education delegations from each system exchanged visits to begin discussions on student and staff exchanges, work experiences and interactions with business partners, curricula advancement, and the further development of school- and work-based technical education
for both educational systems.

Wisconsin Technical College System instructors will travel to Germany in 2009, as Hessen hosts the exchange.

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