The Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association has named State Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine, its Legislator of the Year.
Mason was selected "for his consistently strong support for Gateway Technical College, for all technical colleges statewide, and for the more than 400,000 students enrolling in the colleges each year."
“Cory Mason understands the central role technical colleges play in the state’s economic recovery and prosperity,” said Paul Gabriel, the association’s executive director. “Rep. Mason has worked tirelessly to create new pathways to prosperity through technical colleges for his constituents and for all Wisconsinites.”
During the legislative session Mason supported new investment in job training at the colleges and increased student financial aid. "He supported budget provisions and led the effort on other bills assisting the colleges and students at a critical time when Wisconsin experienced a boom in both unemployment rates and in technical college enrollment," the association said. Last June, during Gateway Technical College's budget deliberations, Mason urged the board to increase the college's tax levy, to produce enough new money for hundreds of more students to attend. The board did not take his advice.
Gateway President Bryan Albrecht said of Mason: "He believes that colleges like Gateway are a critical resource to developing the technical skills needed to compete in today's workforce.”
The award will be presented at the association’s spring meeting on Friday, April 30, in Racine. The district boards association is comprised of the local governing board members of Wisconsin’s 16 technical college districts.