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In this latest edition of College Connection, FOX 21's Dan Hanger takes you to Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior where it's celebrating 100 years of education.
"WITC does a lot for this community," said Mary Carlson, a recent graduate.
Kids, community members and alumni took part in a lawn party Wednesday that dates back to 1912, when Superior became just the second city in Wisconsin to establish a vocational school.
"It was the best experience of my life. It really was," Carlson said.
Big political leaders like long-time Sen. Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) were on hand to talk about how vital WITC has been to the state of Wisconsin, and how it continues to be a leader in education.
"Today, the roll of vocational education is more critical than ever in preparing workers to compete in a global economy where skilled workers are in great demand," Jauch said.Toda, WITC has grown to four campuses in the state with more than 24,000 students, offering career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas and customized training.
"If it wasn't for the community, and if it wasn't for the staff, we wouldn't be here. So we are so appreciative of their support," said Diane Vertin, vice president of academic affairs.
It's a community's college with a mission to grow -- a mission to meet the needs of local business and industry -- while creating solid graduates in the end.
"Congratulations WITC. Here's to another hundred years," Carlson said.