TECh Award - 2017

Technical Education Champion Award
Floyd Carlson, Greenheck

The Boards Association presents several important awards each year. A number of years ago, we began a very special award, the Technical Education Champion, or “TECh,” Award. The TECh award goes to the heart of what the colleges are all about in our communities. It recognizes key community and industry leaders who demonstrate an exemplary level of partnership with us to promote technical education and economic development.

The Technical Education Champion award is based on five criteria:

  • The nominee’s promotion of the local college;
  • Its financial support to the district and individuals associated with the college;
  • Its utilization of the college for employee training, and by hiring our students;
  • Its advocacy on the college's behalf; and,
  • The nominee’s enhancement of the community as a whole.

We were honored to review a number of nominations for this year’s TECh Award. From the nominees, the committee selected one TECh Award winner.

This Year's Winner: Greenheck Fan Corporation

Greenheck is a leading global manufacturer of a wide range of air movement and control equipment and a close partner with Northcentral Technical College.

  • They routinely and actively encourage hiring of Northcentral Technical College graduates, participate in continuing education of their staff and employees at NTC and work with NTC faculty and staff to ensure cutting–edge technology and techniques are recognized and integrated into curriculum.
  • They are an active partner in the Central Wisconsin Metal Manufacturing Alliance, working to engage middle and high school students through on campus manufacturing events such as the Heavy Metal Bus Tour.
  • Greenheck spearheaded a successful $1.3 million dollar capital campaign targeting local manufacturers for NTC’s Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Center of Excellence, contributing fifty thousand dollars following an initial five hundred fifty thousand dollar donation from the B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation
  • Greenheck presidents have served consecutively on the NTC Foundation Board of Directors. Their leadership has been instrumental in the revitalized growth of the NTC Foundation.
  • Greenheck established its first endowed scholarship nearly 20 years ago and now awards two scholarships each spring.
  • Greenheck in-kind gifts to NTC over the past five years have an estimated value of nearly twenty-eight thousand dollars, including donations of fans and welding equipment.
  • NTC and Greenheck have successfully partnered for five Workforce Advancement Training Grants in the past four years, serving over eleven hundred employees with over twenty-three hundred training hours for a combined value of five hundred and sixty nine thousand dollars.
  • They were recognized in 2004, 2012 and 2016 as the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year and recognized at the 2015 American Association of Community Colleges Awards of Excellence for the 2015 Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership Award.

Greenhecks’s commitment and focus on technical education and training makes them a deserving candidate for the 2017 TECh Award.

Former Award Winners

TECh Award
Year Winner City
1993 GMC Janesville
1994 Banta Corporation - Cal Aurand, CEO Menasha
1995 Doboy Packaging Machinery New Richmond
1996 J.P. Cullen Janesville
1997 Miller Electric Manufacturing Madison
1998 Kell Container and the Kell Family Chippewa Falls
1999 Webcrafters and the Frautschi Family Madison
2000 Dr. H. Victor Baldi Appleton
2001 Fred W. Lenz Blue River
2002 J.J. Keller & Associates Neenah
2003 Ministry Health Care Milwaukee
2004 SC Johnson Racine
2005 Aspirus Wausau
2006 Workforce Connections La Crosse
2007 OEM Fabricators Woodville
2008 Judy Jorgensen Waukesha
2009 ProHealth Care, Inc. Waukesha
2010 QuadGraphics, Inc. Sussex
2011 Pat Schramm Madison
2012 Kewaunee Power Station - Dominion Kewaunee
2013 Mike Weller - Miller Electric Appleton
2014 John Miller - Miller St. Nazianz St. Nazianz
2015 Jim Sommer - Service Motor Company Dale
2016 J.P. Cullen Janesville
2017 Greenheck Fan Corp. Schofield