State Superintendent Tony Evers recently named Trisha Rodekamp of Settlers bank a Business Friend of Education Award winner for 2012. Trisha, presenting Settlers bank, was one of eleven business and industry partnerships to receive recognition on Friday, April 20 during the 76th annual Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education Conference in Appleton. Settlers bank CEO Tom Spitz and President Dave Fink, DASD School/Community Relations Coordinator Debbie Brewster, and DeForest Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lisa Beck also attended the awards breakfast.
“These businesses reach out to students, teachers, and their communities to forge a strong connection between education and the workplace,” Evers said. “They are to be commended for recognizing the importance of fostering business and education partnerships.” Sharon Wendt, director of Career and Technical Education in the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, presented the awards on Ever’s behalf.
Rodekamp was nominated by the DeForest Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, made up of DASD educators and DeForest area chamber members. According to Brewster, Trisha Rodekamp, who is Vice President at Settlers bank in Windsor, exemplifies the term “community banker,” promoting student learning, especially in the area of financial literacy, and has been doing so for over 12 years.
According to the nomination application submitted to the Department of Public Instruction, Rodekamp was instrumental in helping to expand collaboration efforts between the school district and the local DeForest area business community, planning and gaining approval to establish an Education Committee through the DeForest Area Chamber of Commerce. Through her leadership, this committee has organized Money Smart Week, College Goal Wisconsin and other partnership initiatiaves. She has improved the education experience for students through her involvement in programs such as Adopt-a-Class, Reality Day, and Teach Children to Save Day, and has served as a valuable classroom resource for teachers.
Brewster continued, “Trisha Rodekamp and Settlers bank are always ready and willing to help prepare students for the workplace and citizenship, assist local businesses to remain competitive, and improve the quality of life in the DeForest area.”
Rodekamp/Settlers bank is joined by the following other award winners: Ron Roehl, CNC Solutions, LLC, Watertown; Scott Acker, Heck of an Idea Inc., McFarland; Patrick Noll and John Furrer, M&I (BMO Financial Group), Menomonee Falls; Roger Guse, MRS Machining, Augusta; Mark Tyler, OEM Fabricators Inc., Woodville; Cathy Stagmer, P&H Mining Equipment Inc. (Joy Global), Milwaukee; Martha McCabe, Scenic Rivers AHEC, Cashton; Jim and Mike Schmit, Schmit Brothers Automotive, Saukville; Jay Fahl, WESTconsin Credit Union, Menomonie; and Steve Volkert, Village of Winneconne, Winneconne.