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9/6/2012 6:00:00 PM
Messer joins SW-Tech Board

The Wisconsin Technical College System Board has approved the appointment of Dodgeville School District Administrator Diane Messer to the Southwest Wisconsin Technical College District Board. The College's board of directors is comprised of regional citizens representing employers, elected officials, employees, a K-12 district administrator, and members at large.
Messer brings 36 years' experience in K-12 education and is dedicated to supporting the development and expansion of educational and training opportunities for residents of the region.
"I know that as a vital and progressive institution, Southwest Tech offers such a necessary range of skill and career development for the changing world and the changing workplace," Messer declared. "Knowing that many challenges confront us in the present economy and beyond, I am excited to join the Southwest Tech District Board and become part of the solution."
Messer's previous involvement with the Wisconsin Technical College System has provided her with the opportunity to assist in numerous improvement and advancement initiatives, including agreements with high schools that grant college credit to high school students. Southwest Tech has many of these agreements with schools in our district available at no cost to the student.
"Presently Dodgeville High School participates in Accounting I and Marketing Principles for transcripted credit, which earns students both high school and technical college credit and is transferable to all schools within the Wisconsin Technical College System," said Messer.
She said Dodgeville has advanced standing courses that include Blueprint Reading & Sketching, Conventional and Alternative Energy, Machine Shop for Maintenance, Welding for Maintenance, Introduction to Psychology, and Tech Math 1A and 1B.
"These courses are equivalent to a technical college course and are taught by our high school instructors. If students meet the requirements of the agreement, credit will be awarded when they enroll in a program at Southwest Tech," explained Messer.
Messer said these opportunities are vital for our students in that they begin to acquire an appreciation for the purpose of these classes and they benefit from earning college credit upon successful completion.
Southwest Tech President Dr. Duane Ford feels Messer will have a strong contribution to the College's Board.
"I admire Diane's work and her dedication to education," Ford commented.  "Southwest Tech's partnerships with regional school districts are mutually beneficial and integral to the College's success.  Diane's experience will be invaluable in strengthening and expanding these partnerships."
Prior to joining the Dodgeville School District as District Administrator in 2002, Messer served as the District Administrator and the Director of Instruction for the School District of Cuba City and the Director of Instructional Services and Curriculum and the Gifted/Talented Coordinator for the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School District.

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