Golden Brick Awards

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The Golden Brick Awards Ceremony is an event that celebrates the achievements, aspirations, and contributions of our community’s industry partners and individuals who have gone above and beyond in the past year to advance Blackhawk’s mission and vision of preparing students to be successful in work and life. We take this time to celebrate academic excellence, to honor partnerships, and to highlight alumni who pave the way for the creation of a strong and vibrant workforce through their outstanding collaborations and efforts with the College.


Please consider nominating deserving community employers, key community leaders, or organizations to receive this distinct recognition for their exceptional work with Blackhawk. The Golden Brick Awards will be celebrated on Thursday, April 25, 2024, on Blackhawk Technical College’s Central Campus.

The timeline for the nomination period is as follows:

Nominations Opened: January 8, 2024

Nominations Closed: February 16, 2024

community partnership award winner

Community Partnership Award

This award honors employers, key community leaders, or organizations who have made significant contributions through a sustained and reciprocal partnership with Blackhawk.

technology education award winner

Technical Education Champion Award

This award recognizes key community and industry leaders who demonstrate an exemplary level of partnership with the College to promote technical education and economic development.

k-12 partner award winner

K-12 Partner Award

This award recognizes an exceptional K-12 school partnership with the College that has a common goal of growing a high-quality talent pipeline for the next generation workforce for our communities.

Additional Awards

The nomination selection process has already occurred for the Alumni Awards and the Faculty & Staff Awards. They will be formally recognized and honored at the 2024 Golden Brick Awards Ceremony.

distinguished alumni award winner

Distinguished Alumni Award

This award honors a truly outstanding Blackhawk graduate who has demonstrated the value of a technical college education through career accomplishments, community service, continued personal and educational growth, and support of the technical college system.

2023 Winner: Kristine Corwin

distinguished faculty award winner

Distinguished Faculty Award

This award honors a staff member who contributes in significant ways to their respective program, their division/department, or the larger Blackhawk Technical College community.

2023 Winner: Michelle Weirich

philanthropic award winner

Philanthropic Pass It Forward Award

This award honors those whose generosity have made an impact on the College and BTC Foundation with their philanthropic contributions to open doors for Blackhawk students, programs, and facilities.

2023 Winner: Mick & Jane Blain Gilbertson

rising star award winner

Rising Star Alumni Award

This award recognizes the initiative as well as accomplishments of Blackhawk alumni who are making a significant difference in the world soon after their graduation and who have attained a notable degree of impact through their professional accomplishments and/or community service.

2023 Winner: Emily Hopper

distinguished staff award winner

Distinguished Staff Award

This award honors a staff member who contributes in significant ways to their respective program, their division/department, or the larger Blackhawk Technical College community.

2023 Winner: Laura Becker

Award Sponsors

Golden Brick Awards


2024 Golden Brick Awards

3-5 p.m. Thursday, April 25

Blackhawk Technical College
Conference Center
6004 S. County Road G


Please reserve your ticket(s) now to celebrate with us on April 25, 2024!

  • Individual Ticket - $30
  • Table of Six - $250
Reserve Tickets

Sponsorship Opportunities

The 2024 Golden Brick Awards sponsorship opportunities to promote your organization's commitment and partnership with Blackhawk are available now!

Questions? Contact Lisa Hurda, Director of College Advancement & Foundation, at

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