WITC retirees embark on new journeysWith an impressive number of years of experience and dedication to students, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond bid farewell to five instructors and two staff members when it graduated its largest class this spring.
With an impressive number of years of experience and dedication to students, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond bid farewell to five instructors and two staff members when it graduated its largest class this spring.
With a combined total of more than 200 years in sharing their expertise with students, instructors Dennis Early, 32 years; Al Filipa, 30 years; Bonnie Howe, 23 years; Mark Kearns, 36 years; and Lynette Oakley, 39 years; and two staff support members: Diane Whipple, campus health nurse, 20 years; and Edna Early, student life coordinator, 23 years, joined the class of 2011 as they marked their departure from WITC-New Richmond this spring.
“While it is difficult to watch such talented faculty and staff members leave the college, I am certainly happy for all as they begin the next chapter of their lives with health and vigor,” says Joe Huftel, WITC-New Richmond campus administrator and vice president instructional technology.
“Our challenge now,” Huftel continues, “is to find replacements who will bring the same level of academic and technical competence to the classroom and who possess a strong commitment to student success.”
Huftel recognized each retiree with memories during his commencement remarks.
WITC serves the educational and career needs of more than 25,000 residents of northwestern Wisconsin each year.
With multiple campuses, WITC offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized training and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment.
WITC is a member of Wisconsin Technical College System.