University of Wisconsin-Stout

Feb. 1, 2011

A highly successful University of Wisconsin-Stout alumnus will return to lead the first Career and Technical Educator in Residence program.

Bryan Albrecht is scheduled to be on campus Tuesday, Feb. 8, and Wednesday, Feb. 9. He will speak at 4 p.m., Feb. 8, in room 210 of the Applied Arts Building. The title of his presentation is, “Leading is Believing: A UW-Stout Alum Perspective.”

He also will tour campus, meet with officials and student leaders and visit two classes.

The program is sponsored by the career and technical education programs and School of Education at UW-Stout.

Albrecht has been president since 2006 of Gateway Technical College of Kenosha. He previously worked at the state Department of Public Instruction as director of CTE programs and is past president of the national Association for Career and Technical Education.

A native of Fond du Lac, Albrecht has three degrees from UW-Stout: A bachelor’s in technology education in 1984; a master’s in career and technical education in 1989; and an education specialist degree in 2008. He is pursuing a doctorate at the University of Minnesota.

Albrecht began his career as a high school technology education teacher.

“We are excited to have President Albrecht at UW-Stout for two days,” said Mary Hopkins-Best, dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. “His passion for ethical and innovative leadership is contagious. Education professionals from preschool through higher education will find his message entertaining and inspirational."

One of the goals of the Educator in Residence program is to “inspire, motivate and showcase career successes of graduates of UW-Stout,” said Carol Mooney, a professor in the School of Education and director of the CTE graduate programs.

The undergraduate program is an outgrowth of one of UW-Stout’s first majors, vocational education. The CTE master’s program has been offered for 75 years, since the Graduate School opened in 1935.

“For seventy-five years we’ve been graduating students in vocational education and now career and technical education for leadership positions, and they are doing very, very well,” Mooney said.

The Educator in Residence program is expected to be an annual event of interest not just to CTE students but those in related education programs at UW-Stout, including marketing and business; technology; and technology and science, as well as anyone interested in leadership issues.

“We need to be exposing students to leadership as much as we can,” Mooney said.

The CTE programs at UW-Stout are the only such majors offered in the UW System.

The Educator in Residence program is patterned after the annual Cabot Executive in Residence program hosted by the UW-Stout College of Management. The event is being funded by a UW-Stout CTE graduate and professor emeritus, Joe Benkowski, and his wife, Karen Benkowski.

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