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WETA Scholarships

Applicants must fully complete the application and submit two letters of recommendation and submit the packet by the deadline date. The scholarships are a one-time $1,000 award per person.  At least one scholarship is awarded every year. 

WETA has proudly awarded three $1,000 scholarships for students attending a Post-Secondary Institution this year.  These scholarships, the Harmon Memorial Scholarship and the Brasch Memorial Scholarship, are offered in memory of two former WETA members who had a lasting impact on WETA and the employment and training field.

 Dennis Harmon was a dedicated professional who spent most of his work life, before passing at the young age of 47, serving the needs of poor and unemployed through the development, operation and management of education, employment and training programs in Wisconsin.  


John Brasch was a founder of WETA and remained an active member until his death at the age of 53.  He was deeply committed to working with the disadvantaged as a guidance counselor at North Central Technical College. 

2017 Scholarship Recipients

Dennis Harmon scholarship winner is

Crystal W 

John Brasch scholarship winner is

Kendra S 


John Brasch scholarship winner is

Komlanvi K 

WETA Staff Excellence Awards

2017 WETA Awards Descriptions Final (002).doc

WETA recognizes the value of excellence in service and believes that when colleagues recognize the professionalism in other colleagues, everyone benefits. Any WETA member may submit nominations for colleagues to receive an award. Remaining true to WETA's purpose of furthering the professional development of its members, receipt of a WETA award includes complimentary registration (including meals but not lodging) to the WETA 2017 or 2018 Annual Conference (choice of the award recipient.)

 WETA 2017 Award Winners  


Art Besse Pioneer Award

Dave Shaw

As WETA's highest honor, the Art Besse Pioneer Award was created in honor of its namesake, Art Besse.  Art was a founding member of WETA and a great humanitarian.  He served the people of Wisconsin through a long and successful career with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.  The Art Besse Pioneer Award was created to recognize individuals whose achievement and excellence in the field of employment & training through a sustained career in the industry have made a profound impact on the lives of others.   The nominee does not have to be a WETA member but must be nominated by a WETA member.

As Dave's nomination reads:  Dave has devoted his entire working professional career to the employment and training industry and continues to share his expertise and passion with all in the industry.  Dave, who also knew Mr. Art Besse, shares in his beliefs to share his dedication and devotion to WETA and his professional endeavors.  This award reflects Dave and Art's drive to provide the best in training and educational experiences for members of the Association.    

Employment and Training Staff Excellence Award 

Angela O'Day


Nominee must be a non-administrative staff person who works directly with clients/customers or who supports the staff members who work directly with clients/customers. Nomination should be based on activities from October 2016 - September 2017.  

As Angela's nomination reads:  Angela was recommended because she has gone above and beyond for the people she meets.  She shares her knowledge and expertise with each client to ensure positive outcomes for each individual.    




Employment and Training Administrative Excellence Award 

Heath Bierman

Nominee must be an administrator, supervisor, coordinator, project director, planner, or hold another administrative position with an organization that provides employment & training services at any level. Nomination should be based on activities from October 2016 - September 2017.

As Heath's nomination reads:  Like many dislocated workers who make the transition to a different work environment, Heath used his energies to make the same transition.  But his was to help other contemporaries overcome the stress of job loss and achieve reentry in the employed community.  He has become a visible figure in the business community as a high energy achiever and self-starter.   


 Kaleidoscope Excellence Award

Sharon Wilcox

The nominee must be a WETA member nominated by a WETA member. Nomination should be based on the individual's contributions to expanding awareness of and respect for diversity in the workplace. There is no timeframe requirement. The award recipient receives complimentary registration fees (including meals but not lodging) for the WETA 2018 Annual Conference. But wait! The Kaleidoscope Award is doubled and pays a 2nd registration fee (including meals but not lodging) so that a work colleague of the Kaleidoscope Award recipient's choice who is not a current WETA member may attend the WETA 2018 Annual Conference.

As Sharon's nomination reads:  It is her tireless energy that drives Sharon towards encouraging employers to think of the diversity of the evolving workforce in Wisconsin.  Encouraging the employing community to view seniors as valuable employees, to think past histories to provide opportunities for offenders, and developing new occupational and training worksites for people with disabilities.


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