News Release

Published on Thursday, March 17, 2005

LA CROSSE, Wis. - Four guests from Western Wisconsin Technical College (WWTC) were recently honored at the Displaced Homemaker Conference in Milwaukee. The conference celebrated 25 years of advocacy and programs for displaced homemakers.

WWTC President Lee Rasch joined Dan Clancy, Wisconsin Technical College System president, and Darnell Cole, Milwaukee Area Technical College president, to present awards to 25 recipients from around the state.

Honorees from WWTC included Judith Erickson, manager of Financial Aid, the Opportunity Center and Student Employment Services, who was recognized for her dedication and contributions to displaced homemakers; Sue Jeffers, a graduate of WWTC's Supervisory Management program and current manager of Hackberry’s Bistro in La Crosse, for her career success; and Patricia Beier, a graduate of WWTC's Nursing program and nurse at Trempealeau County Health Care Center in Whitehall, for her successes. Imelda Biermeier, a La Crosse student in WWTC’s Administrative Assistant program, received the Pat Delmenhorst and Charlie Daniel Scholarship for displaced homemakers.

The day-long conference was developed to celebrate the 16 Wisconsin Displaced Homemakers Programs, which have worked to help displaced homemakers make the transition from their homes to education and the workforce.

To learn more about WWTC programs for displaced homemakers, please call The Opportunity Center at 608.785.9436 or visit the WWTC Web site at