Thursday, July 10, 2014

Jackson Regional Center Site-Visit

I recently had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Joyce Natzke, Professor of Education for the College of Adult and Graduate Studies at Wisconsin Lutheran College located in Milwaukee.

Dr. Natzke was at our Jackson Regional Center conducting a review of our center as part of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation requirement for colleges with regional centers.  (Some of you may recall that last September we had an open house to celebrate the opening of our new site in Jackson.)  This visit allows HLC to be sure the programs and services we deliver at our regional sites are aligned with criteria for accreditation.

During the visit, Dr. Natzke toured the facility and met with Moraine Park administration, faculty and students to discuss the regional center, its role, and the education and learning experience.  Students who met with Dr. Natzke were at the center for a Fabrication class. Having the opportunity to experience and be a part of an accreditation review is something that doesn’t happen often for our students. As I listened to their conversation and responses to the questions, I saw firsthand the quality of students who choose to come to Moraine Park, and, more importantly, the excellent education and hands-on learning they are receiving. I would like to extend a thank you to these students for sharing in this experience:  Scott Bensemann, Dakota Grudzinski, Paul Haber, Cole Jungers, Casey Lamberg, Keith Lubner and Kori Siegl, as well as to Steve Henderleiter, their Welding/Fabrication Instructor.

If you have questions about our accreditation process or our Jackson Regional Center, please don’t hesitate to connect with me.

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