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 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 disadvantaged students as a guidance counselor at North Central Technical College.

 The 2019 Brasch Memorial Student Scholarship is a $1000 award payable to the awardee's education provider as indicated on the application.

 2019 WETA Student Scholarship Application.docx



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

The 2019 Harmon Memorial Scholarship is an award of up to $1000 for the awardee to use to participate in a professional development opportunity to advance the awardee's career or volunteer work in workforce development.   

2019 WETA Member Scholarship Application.docx                                                          

Excellence Awards

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 award nominations.

Excellence Awards Include:

  • Employment and Training Administration Excellence Award
  • Employment and Training Staff Excellence Award
  • Kaleidoscope Business Excellence Award
  • Workforce Super Hero Award - Special for 2019
  • Art Besse Pioneer Award

2019 Scholarship Winner

John Brasch's Memorial Scholarship winner is maintaining a 4.0 GPA at Lakeshore Technical College in 2 degreed programs. (Mechanical Design & Engineering Technology) She is actively involved in activities at local nursing homes, organizes food drives and is participating in community services at Wisconsin King Veterans Home.  To date, she has put in over 5,000 documented hours with the 4-H program in Shawano County.  Sarah also works at Household Utilities in Kiel as a Sheet Metal Fabricator on weekends.  Sarah states she wants to share her experiences and inspire women to think of possible careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)  Pictured with Sarah are Brad Gast and Jared Eggebrecht representing North Central Technical College.

Sarah H   

 WETA 2019 Award Winners  

Employment and Training Staff Excellence Award 

Kaela Kramer

As Kaela's nomination reads: this FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) case manager consistently demonstrates her passion for providing outstanding customer service to her customers.  Her passion is obvious from her first greeting through developing rapport and getting to know her customers.  She helps them to identify their own passions and develop plans to achieve them.  Her results are noteworthy, including 462 job placementss since April 2015 with higher wages than the 9-county regional wage average.  Kaela truly values every person she serves, she models what it means to be a cheerful professional removing judgment while replacing it with compassion.  Great job Kaela!      


Super Hero Award 

Myron Daubert

For the third year in a row, the scholarship and awards committee is honoring a workforce professional through an award tailored to the conference theme.  Myron is an Employment and Training Counselor in a largely rural area of western Wisconsin.  Myron's collaborations with partner agencies , community based organization's and libraries has significantly increased customers' access to information and services throughout the region.  Myron shares his knowledge with others by delivering train-the-trainer workshops.  To date, Myron has worked with 17 libraries, trains library staff, delivers workshops, and meets directly with customers - one-on-one to address topics such as job searching, resumes, interview preparation, LinkedIn, and entrepreneurship.   Myron is a true workforce super hero!


President's Award 

Lisa Matijevich

The President's Award is awarded to an outstanding WETA Board Member for their board leadership and dedication to the WETA organization.  Lisa is in her second 2-year term as WETA Secretary, going above and beyond in her role, assisting with marketing and visibility, connecting with new members and supporting the Board of Directors.  She is genuine and passionate in all she does, truly promoting our mission to provide quality employment and training services through WETA.  Congratulations!

Past recipients 

2018 Scholarship & Award Winners

Dennis Harmon Memorial Scholarship - Dena Daentl (2018)

John Brasch Memorial Scholarship - Noel J (2018)

Art Besse Pioneer Award - Sherlyn Kleinow (2018)

Employment & Training Staff Excellence Award - Nikki Holder (2018)

Employment & Training Administration Award - Kathleen Olson (2018)

Kaleidoscope Business Excellence Award - Marvel Brown with UW Health (2018)

Master Re-imagining & Retooling Specialist Award - Maurice Sprewer (2018)

2017 Scholarship & Award Winners 

Dennis Harmon Memorial Scholarship - Crystal W (2017)

John Brasch Memorial Scholarship - Kendra S (2017)

John Brasch Memorial Scholarship - Komlanvi K (2017)

Art Besse Pioneer Award - Dave Shaw (2017)

Employment & Training Staff Excellence Award - Angela O'Day (2017)

Employment & Training Administration Award - Heath Bierman (2017)

Kaleidoscope Excellence Award - Sharon Wilcox (2017)

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