With COVID-19 issues surrounding our local school districts and playing a part in almost every area imaginable, Western Technical College’s K-12 Relations Division has developed the K-12 Enrichment Series to bring groups of people together to talk about everyday issues in education and try to support each other during these difficult time. The K-12 Enrichment Series looks to bring folks from Western Technical College together virtually with our school district partners and community organizations to discuss, learn, and collaborate on issues that they are having both at the post-secondary and school district levels. The sessions are open to anyone interested in learning more and collaborating to improve our area’s educational needs.
Foster Youth – September 15 – 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Learn how Western Technical College and Family & Children’s Center work to meet the needs of youth in out-of-home care, court ordered placements who are likely to age out of care at age 18. Specifically those looking to attend college post-graduation.
Topics will include:
- Family & Children’s Center connections and information
- Connecting with Career Coaches at Western Technical College
- Case Management / Counseling at Western Technical College
- Financial Aid / Scholarships / Grants
Online Curriculum (Part 1) – September 29 – 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Western Technical College has transitioned nearly 64% of their classes to an online format or alternative format for the fall 2020 school term. Western Technical College’s Curriculum Coordinator, Nicole Cooksey, will present on how Western Technical College supported their faculty and students during this time of change. Nicole will highlight curriculum development and implementation issues that the college experienced during COVID-19.
Equity (Supporting Underserved Students) – October 13 – 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
In the strange time of online courses and limited access, Western Technical College had to support our underserved population in different ways. Find out how Western Technical College supports underserved students before/during/after COVID-19 and how partnerships with local high schools can help their efforts.
Information Technology – October 27 – 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Connect with Western Technical College’s Information Technology Department to learn how they handled hurdles created from COVID-19. From our laptop handout program to providing WIFI to students in need. Also hear how the Information Technology Department assisted in transitioning nearly 64% of fall 2020 courses to an online format.
Food Pantry for Students (Cavalier Cupboard) – November 10 – 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Learn about Western Technical College’s Cavalier Cupboard. A food pantry designed to meet the immediate food needs of Western students by providing them with access to non-perishable food items, hygiene items, school items, diapers, and information on local resources. This service is open to all Western students. Students are able to choose their own product each visit based on their household size and needs. Find out how COVID-19 has altered how Western Technical College provides these items and how we are ensuring students still have access to these essential needs.
Communication/PR – November 17 – 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Hear from Western’s Marketing and Public Relations team, as they share best practices on communication to the community, students, and staff throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Online Curriculum (Part 2) – December 8 – 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Western Technical College has transitioned nearly 64% of their classes to an online format or alternative format for the fall 2020 school term. Western Technical College’s Curriculum Coordinator, Nicole Cooksey, will present on how Western Technical College supported their faculty and students during this time of change. Nicole will highlight curriculum development and implementation issues that the college experienced during COVID-19. – Attending Part 1 not required to attend Part 2
Human Resources – December 15 – 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Supporting your own employees is important… supporting them during COVID-19 is even more important! Find out how Western Technical College’s Human Resource department continues to support their employees during these unusual times. From coming up with the best solutions for working from home, how flexible schedules are created to support family members while they are home, and what a return to work on campus plan looks like.