News Release

Published on Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Western Technical College’s “Partnering for Success” program was recently awarded with a Promising Practices award from the Wisconsin PK-16 Leadership Council. The award recognizes collaborative efforts that improve student transition in the PK-16 educational system.

Designed to increase understanding of technical college expectations, Partnering for Success provides area high school faculty, counselors, administrators, and students with opportunities to learn about admission requirements, placement, and course requirements to encourage more rigorous high school preparation and more seamless transition from high school to postsecondary options. Western initially partnered with Holmen, Logan, Onalaska, and Sparta high schools to provide this program, and has since expanded into Mauston, Necedah, and New Lisbon high schools.

“This program is unique, and we believe it’s going to have a positive impact on student success in college,” said Deb Hether, Tech Prep Specialist at Western. “It’s great to receive recognition from the state for all of the work that went into developing this program. There were many people who worked together to make it happen.”

“The PK-16 Leadership Council was founded on the principle that no one sector or level of education has all of the answers, and the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” said President Rolf Wegenke of the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. “These programs demonstrate that excellence is best achieved when we all work together.”

“Earning a postsecondary certificate, diploma, or degree is absolutely key to success in today’s labor market,” said President Dan Clancy of the Wisconsin Technical College System. “Increasing the number of students who go on to postsecondary education will benefit not only those students, but also the entire state and our economy. The programs we are honoring point to our ongoing success in developing best practices designed to accomplish this.”

The Wisconsin PK-16 Leadership Council is comprised of leaders of the state’s four educational sectors: PK-12 schools through the Department of Public Instruction, the University of Wisconsin System, the Wisconsin Technical College System, and the state’s private colleges and universities through the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. The voluntary council works in partnership with leaders in business, industry, and government to enhance learning and learning opportunities throughout the state so that all students are prepared to live in and contribute to a vibrant 21st century society.

Additional information about award-winning programs and the Wisconsin PK-16 Leadership Council is available at For more information on Western Technical College programs and services, visit or call 608.785.9200.