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2022 WETA Brasch Memorial Scholarship Award for Students

John Brasch was one of the founders of WETA and remained an active member until his death. He was deeply committed to working with under-resourced students as a guidance counselor at North Central Technical College. This scholarship is one way that our organization honors the memory of an outstanding individual who contributed to our mission.

The 2022 Brasch Memorial Student Scholarship is a $1,000 award payable to the awardee's education provider.

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2022 WETA Harmon Memorial Scholarship Award for WETA Members

Dennis Harmon was a dedicated professional who spent most of his work life serving the needs of under-resourced, underemployed, and unemployed individuals through the development, operation, and management of education, employment, and training programs in Wisconsin.

The 2022 Harmon Memorial Scholarship is an award of up to $1,000 for the awardee to use to participate in a professional development opportunity to advance the awardee's career or volunteer work in workforce development.

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Awards

Art Besse Pioneer Award

As WETA's highest honor, the Art Besse Pioneer Award was created in honor of its namesake, Art Besse, a founding member of WETA and a great humanitarian. He served the people of Wisconsin during a long and successful career with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

The Art Besse Pioneer Award recognizes individuals whose achievements and excellence in the field of employment and training during 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.

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Keystone Award

The nomination should be based on an individual’s demonstrated actions in the spirit of this year’s conference theme “Our Story: Inspire. Engage. Transform.”  Competitive nominations will describe the nominee’s ability to:

  • Inspire others to promote quality employment and training services and to support those who implement and administer these services;
  • Engage others concerning employment and training opportunities for personal and professional growth and development; and
  • Promote the transformation of these workers and services to greatly improve the outcomes for clients/customers/participants served. 

Nominations should include examples and details of these activities. The nominee must be a WETA member nominated by a WETA member.

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Employment and Training Administration Excellence Award

Nominees for this award must be an administrator, supervisor, coordinator, project director, planner, or hold another administrative position with an organization that provides employment and training services at any level. The nomination should be based on activities from October 2021 - September 20221.

The nominee does not have to be a WETA member but must be nominated by a WETA member.

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Employment and Training Staff Excellence Award


Nominees for this award 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. The nomination should be based on activities from October 2021 - September 2022.

The nominee does not have to be a WETA member but must be nominated by a WETA member.

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Past Recipients 

2021 Scholarship Winner


The winner of the 2021 John Brasch WETA Student Scholarship has been on a long road to finding her career goal – but she’s definitely nearing the finish line!

Her first year of school was amazing. She finished strong and had 1 more year to go.  Then 2019 hit.  She lost the part-time job she had to support her schooling, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and then shortly thereafter found out she was pregnant.  She was overwhelmingly stressed out and wanted to give up on school.

Fast forward and now she has an 8 month old son and the support of her son’s father.  Although things are still financially tight, she has re-evaluated her life and decided, to return to school.    She thanks her advisors that have guided her from the beginning supporting her and others like with amazing services and resources.

She has faced multiple barriers and has continued to push forward despite setback and challenges.  And now, while balancing motherhood and school, she has only become more motivated to be able to provide for her family in a career field where she excels.”

On the behalf of the Wisconsin Employment and Training Association, it is our privilege to award the 2021 John Brasch Memorial Scholarship to Blossum Lee

 Past Award Winners  

2021 WETA Employment and Training Administrator Excellence Award


2021 WETA Employment and Training  Staff Excellence Award


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!


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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