Measuring 100 Years at WITC Superior

By KBJR News 1

July 11, 2012 Updated Jul 11, 2012 at 12:26 PM CDT

SUPERIOR, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - The Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior celebrated a milestone.
The college has now been in existence for 100 years and counting.

There's more to celebrate as the college soars to new heights with a new program.

One hundred years can be measured a hundred different ways.

It can be measured in its current rating,

"WITC is the 6th, rated the 6th best technical college campus in America, which is really an honor and a privilege to have in our community," said Mayor Bruce Hagen.

It can be measured in successful careers for its students.

"Upon graduation, the college hired me... and I started out as a posting clerk and retired as president," said Chuck Levine, the former WITC President.

It can also be measured in the brain-gain for the surrounding community.

"About 85 percent of our graduates stay in Wisconsin, and I think this year it was 72 percent stay in the district," said Bob Meyer, the current WITC President.

It can be measured in curriculum changes and expansion.

"Back in 1912, they had classes in sewing and in blacksmithing," said Charles Glazman, the Associate Dean of Continuing Education.

"When I started there were no summer programs," said Levine.

"We have at least six times the number of classrooms," said Glazman.

And it can be measured in technological gains.

"What our challenge is is to stay up on that technology...that brings value to the employers that hire them," said Meyer.

"Without employers hiring our students, we wouldn't exist," said Levine.

"We have all kinds of industries coming to town where they want to know about our educational system," said Mayor Hagen.

The school is currently developing a program to meet the needs of the Twin Ports Aviation Industry, working together with companies like Kestrel Aircraft.

"We know that we're in the top running for a major grant, if it's awarded, it should be over $600,000 and that's to help start a composite technicians program," said Meyer.

"To work with that material, to shape it, to repair it and to put it together in the assembly of their aircraft," said Glazman.

Or 100 years can simply be measured in the 24,000 students that attend the school annually.

The former and current president of WITC opened a time capsule from 1987, which was the 75th Anniversary of the college.

Inside were several declarations, a VCR tape, and several small examples and machining projects among other items.

New items from 2012 were added to the capsule to be opened again in the future.

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