Co-ops Parent Information Night

Come and join us to learn more about the counties new Co-op opportunities. Dates for information night are: 12.5.16 12.7.16 12.12.16 See below for the link:...

Professional Journey: John Boeckmann

When I was a kid I enjoyed tinkering in the shed with broken lawnmowers, welding and was as good at fixing my dirt bikes as I was breaking them. At the end of the day I found great satisfaction in seeing my project come to life, whether that was a lawnmower that had not run in years or a snowmobile that had a bad day. Joining a blacksmithing club only fueled my excitement to build – I worked all day next to the heat of a forge to make something that I had planned out in my head.

Professional Journey: Angelia Neumann

When I was 11 my mother was hit by a car while standing near the side of the road. Both of her legs were severely broken, enough that the surgeons considered amputation. They managed to save her legs but warned she may never walk again. Her physical therapist set out to prove them wrong and succeeded. One day the therapist taught me how to manipulate the patella. I was hooked. I wanted to be a physical therapist....

Professional Journey: Jim Lehrke

As I look back on my childhood, my father and mother worked two jobs. In addition to managing a farm, my dad was a tool and die machinist, and my mom worked at Bemis. Both have since passed away, but they taught me great things that have helped shape me into who I am today. To read the entire article, click on the link below: Jim Lehrke Career...

Professional Journey: David Nicholson

I went into college thinking I was going to be a veterinarian. When that did not work out, I went into genetics and quickly found out it was not for me. The next semester, I took Meat and Animal Science 101 and met with a professor who pointed me to an adviser who I worked with to lay out the class work I needed to graduate in the animal science field. For the rest of the article click here: David Nicholson Career Journey Article...

Professional Journey: Steve Oplatek

I have always been intrigued by how things worked. My father would take us to museums every chance we could get, and my favorite was, and still remains, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. So, from a really young age, I wanted to be an engineer of some kind — I just didn’t know what kind. I had always had a natural talent for math and science, and my dad always encouraged me to push myself and learn new things. He always told me: “Once you learn something, it’s yours — no one can take it away from you.”

Professional Journey: Matt Barens

I’ve always been the curious type. I still remember the first time I got scolded for destroying a toy. It was a remote-controlled race car I had just received for my birthday. Mom was fairly mad I had taken it apart, but quickly calmed down when she realized I was having more fun taking it apart than I had when it was working. That was the start of my journey — and no, the car never worked again.

Professional Journey: Ben Wynveen

As I look back on my childhood, my father — who happened to be licensed professional engineer and is now retired — taught me about the world through an Erector set, Legos and The History Channel. He helped me to learn that this world as a whole is comprised of pieces that fit together in various ways to create something new. Click the link below to read more about Ben:...

Professional Journey: Tammy Flora

Knowing your strengths is a critical step to determine your career path.

Career Experience: Rockline and Kohler

Manufacturing….the Pit of Despair???? by Steve Schneider, School Counselor, Sheboygan South HS   My oldest daughter is home for the summer after her first year in college.  She has a summer job at a local manufacturing facility, working hard (50+ hrs./week) to help pay for her education.  What’s interesting to me is that when I would mention this to people, I would often hear in response, “Oh, that experience should really keep her motivated to stay in school now that she knows what the alternative is.”  In fact, I’d heard it so often that a thought came to me. “I should get into some of these manufacturing facilities to see firsthand what these ‘dens of discontent’ that my very own child is working in are really like.”   So I put out the call through Inspire Sheboygan County.  “High school counselor with some summer time on his hands, willing to come into your facility to learn what it is you do.”  Pretty soon I had some takers.  Kohler Company and Rockline Industries, both major players in the manufacturing community of Sheboygan County (well, actually, the world…but they are headquartered in Sheboygan County!) contacted me with a message of welcome.  It didn’t take too long for them to put together a multiple day itinerary for me to follow to get an in-depth look into what makes it possible for them to produce their products.   I wasn’t sure what to expect as a result of these ventures of discovery.  Is what people say true?  Is a job in manufacturing really such a distressful situation that it’s used as the measurement against which a person...