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BTC Honors Student Success at Annual Award Ceremony

May 6, 2019

Blackhawk Technical College faculty and staff recently gathered for the 2019 Award Ceremony. In addition to recognizing students for academic and leadership achievement, the event also honored community and student organizations, faculty and staff.

Students nominate faculty and staff for the prestigious awards of Faculty of the Year, Staff of the Year and the Jo Ann L. Moller Outstanding Advisor of the Year which are announced at the ceremony. This year, students honored the following individuals for their outstanding contributions to the student body:
  • Faculty of the Year: Deb Heder
  • Staff of the Year: Julie Barreau
  • Jo Ann L. Moller Outstanding Advisor of the Year: Mary Mather

Faculty of the Year, Deb Heder, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 2019 Blackhawk Technical College Commencement Ceremony and will provide the faculty address to the graduates.

The Student of the Year Award is presented annually to a student who has served in leadership roles during their educational journey at BTC. This year’s recipient has held multiple offices since starting BTC in 2016, placing high in the many competitions, often going above and beyond their studies, exemplifying the values and mission of BTC. This year’s Student of the Year was awarded to Erika Kropp.

Each year faculty and staff nominate an organization or individual in the community that has made significant contributions to the College. The 2019 Community Service Award was presented to Rhonda Suda, Chief Executive Officer for the Southwest Workforce Development Board (SWDC). SWDC has joined with BTC on a number of different initiatives that tie directly to student success and career pathways. This year’s community partner was instrumental in the alliance with BTC and the Rock County Sheriff’s Department to provide funding for a short-term Machine Operator training for incarcerated students.

Other awards and recognition included:
  • Student Organization of the Year: Multi-Cultural Alliance
  • Wisconsin Technical College System District Ambassador: Kwamesha Milsap
  • Student Leadership Awards:
    • Kayleigh Davis and Caitlin Reed, Phi Theta Kappa
    • Amy Capstick and Erika Kropp, Business Professionals of America
    • Caroline Gunn and Jarred Johnson, Epicurean Club
    • Brielle McGuigan and Jennifer Schwartz, Medical Imaging Student Organization
    • Bibiana Casique and Alex Olson, Multi-Cultural Alliance
    • Steven Herbst and Karly Ready, Professional Agricultural Students
    • Jamie Gesell and Denise Williams, South Central Student Lab Association
    • James Henry and Wesley Hodder, Student Government Association
    • Bethanie Dodd and Ariel Stefanczyk, Student Nursing Association
    • Wesley Hodder, Veterans Club
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement:
    • Michael Boehme, Teagon Dosch and Brandon Elliott, Automotive Technician
    • Pat Goodger, Electro-Mechanical
    • Jason Allen, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refirgeration
    • Kimberly Maly and Sarah Taylor, Accounting
    • Christie Potter and Anne Silveus, Administrative Support Professional
    • Josh Gallagly, Steven Herbst and Jessica Wenger, Agribusiness Science Technology
    • Rachel Elsing and Colleen Toberman, Agribusiness Specialist
    • Elise Allen, Kristin Marquis and Michael Wyman, Business Management
    • Hanna Field, Noel Jones and Samantha Kessler, Early Childhood Education
    • Michelle Kahl, Jennifer Pope and Thomas Richter, Human Services
    • Kendra Aguilar, Sarah Hoff and Chelsea Hunt, Dental Assistant
    • Tiffany Griffin and Brandon Lindgren, Fire Protection Technician
    • Charmayne Albright, Medical Assistant
    • Lynn Holt, Breanna Moe and Jen Schwartz, Radiography
  • Leaders Excelling Academically and Professionally (LEAP): Lori VanCoulter
  • Outstanding Work Study Students: Robert Hubbard, Noel Jones and Samantha Kessler
  • Outstanding Interns: Charmayne Albright and Maria Casique Montes

The Certificate of Professional Development is a non-credit program offered through Career Services. Student expand their professional skills based on BTC’s Core Abilities. Students earning this certificate have completed a Capstone Portfolio as well as three different modules which focus on Professional Communications and Technology Applications, Diversity and Team Building, and Leadership and Professionalism. These students have taken initiative to prepare for the workforce through workshops and activities outside of the classroom. Students earning the Certificate of Professional Development include: Charmayne Albright, Patti Anderson, Stormy Baxter, Joseph Beck, Madisen Black, Sarah Bordenaro, Amanda Brown, Alec Buckman, Amy Capstick, Ariel Cronin, Owen Danson, Kayleigh Davis, Jason Deegan, Erica Dominick, Isaac Droster, Michael Fagan, Kelly Flippin, Jamie Gesell, Robert Goessel, Joshua Harrison, Marisol Herrera, Sara Higgins, Dalton Hiley, Tyler Jensen, Sam Keller, Ashlee Kerl, Erika Kropp, Kaylee Kuebli, Carol Leeder, Robert Maurizzi, Daniel Mayer, Diana Montes, Brianna Nightengale, Reeanna Olson, Abigail Pardieck, Lauren Parker, Savanna Parker, Melissa Peck, Stephanie Pollock, Nicole Raduechel, Caitlin Reed, Abraham Riar, Tara Schlegel, Daniel Simmerson, Charly Skelton, Grant Sporle, Colleen Toberman, Kristine Trumbull, Melissa Vanderkooi, Ciria Velazquez, Mindy Walters, Cheryl Walz and Angela Wiswell.

BTC is proud of all of our students for their accomplishments in and out of the classroom.

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