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1st Annual WIA Erhard Huettl Awards of Excellence Recipients

1st Annual WIA Erhard Huettl Awards of Excellence Recipients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 6, 2013 – NCWWDB Announces Recipients of its 1st Annual Erhard Huettl – Awards of Excellence.

Photo by Judy Winkler 1st Annual Erhard Huettl WIA Awards of Excellence recipients pictured left to right: James Stanchik of Auburndale; Traci Dumpprope of Rhinelander; and Jacob Neathery of Rhinelander.

Photo by Judy Winkler
1st Annual Erhard Huettl WIA Awards of Excellence recipients pictured left to right: James Stanchik of Auburndale; Traci Dumpprope of Rhinelander; and Jacob Neathery of Rhinelander.

Workforce Development Area 6 (Adams, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Portage, Vilas and Wood counties) – North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (NCWWDB) selected and announced the 2013 recipients of its 1st Annual Erhard Huettl Awards of Excellence. Nominees were solicited throughout the Workforce Development Board’s nine-county region, for the following three categories: Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program Participant of the Year, Adult Program Participant of the Year, and Dislocated Worker Participant of the Year.

NCWWDB’s Executive Director, Rene Daniels introduced the recipients, and Board Chair, Kent Olson and former Executive Director, Michael Irwin presented the awards and congratulated the individuals for their outstanding achievements.

WIA Youth Program Participant of the Year recipient is teen parent, Jacob Neathery of Rhinelander. Neathery came a long way since a debilitating car accident on Mother’s Day in 2009. That accident prevented Jacob from graduating high school with his peers, and left him temporarily unable to work. Things got pretty tough, but Jacob never gave up. After his recovery and with the help of WIA funding, Jacob earned his EMT diploma, received his GED, and secured a full time job. He has also taken the steps to support himself and his young family. In addition, Jacob is planning to attend Paramedic training next spring.

WIA Dislocated Worker Program Participant of the Year recipient is James Stanchik of Auburndale.
Stanchik is a dislocated worker who lost his job of 22 years at NewPage’s paper mill in Whiting. The unexpected closure and loss of a good paying job was a huge shock to James and his wife. He quickly realized that in order to obtain another good paying job he would need long-term occupational training in a high-demand career field. James began working with NCWWDB’s WIA Dislocated Worker Program shortly after his layoff and the rest is history. He graduated with distinction, from the Machine Tool Technician Technical Diploma program at MidState Technical College in May and started his new, full-time job as a lathe operator at Point Precision in Plover a mere four days after graduating from the program!

WIA Adult Program Participant of the Year recipient is Traci Dumpprope of Rhinelander. Dumpprope started her healthcare career path as a personal care worker. She enjoyed the healthcare field and dreamt of nursing school, but felt it was out of her reach. As a mother of two teenage boys and working in lower paying jobs, finding the extra money to attend school was just too difficult. However, Dumpprope was determined. She eventually began a Certified Nursing Assistant course through Nicolet Area Technical College (NATC). While there, she was told to
contact Forward Service Corporation’s WIA case manager Joan Hartmann at the Northern Advantage Job Center. With
Hartmann’s help, Dumpprope enrolled into WIA’s Adult Program, registered for the pre-nursing program at NATC and began her journey to become a RN. Despite encountering great adversity, which included her husband’s job loss and the passing of her father, Dumpprope was able to complete her nursing degree, pass her State Boards, and is now gainfully employed as a RN.

The 1st Annual Erhard Huettl WIA Awards of Excellence were presented during a ceremony held recently at
Northcentral Technical College in Wausau.

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NEWS RELEASE CONTACT:
Judy Winkler • Communications Coordinator
North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board
3118 Post Road, Suite A • Stevens Point, WI 54481
Phone: 715-204-1646 • Email: jwinkler@ncwwdb.org