April 29, 2010

State's technical colleges name Mason Legislator of the Year

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.

14 comments:

  1. Gag me with a spoon!

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  2. Mason believes that Mason is A-#1. More payoffs for backing higher taxes. "Squirrels"

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  3. You're being critical of recognition for a legislator who supports a publicly supported institution that actually DOES some good in our state??? I don't get it.

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  4. 7:59

    Mason only acts for Mason and loves finding new ways to spend tax money. Where was he in the fight to keep the Gateway Day Care open?
    Why is it that the Gateway Directors can spend money going to meetings around the world but will not help students who need Daycare to be able to keep in School do that?
    What links might there be between the closing of the Gateway Day Care and HALO starting one? Who would gain the benefit? and something about writing Mason's green cleaning Bill...

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  5. Note Gateway and all other technical colleges in Wisconsin are the only unelected boards that can levy taxes on your tax bill. That isn't an endorsement I would rely on to make a voting decision. To me this is another reason to vote for someone other than Mason.

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  6. Mason has got to go!

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  7. The Translator4/29/2010 9:22 AM

    Funny how he wins honors from tax collectors....not from tax payers.

    Glad there is Chris Wright running for for Assembly.

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  8. I wonder how much he can sell this award for when he becomes unemployed. Not much I'll bet since his masiah and cheat in Washington DC has devalued the dollar to the point of distruction.
    By by corey.

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  9. Anonymous 8:33 - Mason was definitely involved in the fight to save the child care lab. He urged the board of trustees to save the lab. In fact, he enrolled his own toddler after the decision was announced, which showed his great support for the lab. Thank you to Cory Mason for his help. Unfortunately our community's extensive efforts were not enough. Agree Gateway execs are more interested in their "global" connections than in serving the local communities that pay their bills!

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  10. Is Bryan Albrecht presenting the award to Mason? Hilarious considering Albrecht outright ignored Mason's plea not to shut down his child's school. Albrecht has made hundreds if not thousands of enemies in Racine in a matter of weeks. Way to go Bryan!

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  11. Wow... some facts about Gateway need to be cleared up. The Day Care Center served only a handful of students. The rest were high powered wealthy attorneys who wanted a convenient spot to park their kids. Gateway's new approach to child care labs around the communities will improve their child care education program... which is their mission.

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  12. 13 of the kids were kids of Gateway students, 7 were of Gateway staff, and the number should have been higher, and could have been higher with the slightest bit of effort by Gateway. They should have taken MATC's lead, but instead they scrap the whole thing. The center was financially mismanaged by Gateway administrators for years. It took a group of parents 2 weeks to come up with a cost saving plan? He probably rushed the board to vote so they wouldn't see what a fiasco Gateway's "executive budgetary committee" is. Gateway brought in the community to help fund the child care center. Then Albrecht turns on them and labels them "rich white lawyers" using "tax subsidized daycare". What a lowlife. He sure is a master of public relations, isn't he. I can tell you this... I know of only one family using that center that makes more than Bryan Albrecht and his wife do working at their 100% "taxpayer funded" jobs. This is a wakeup call to the taxpayers in the Racine-Kenosha-Walworth county region. How many other Gateway programs are wasting boatloads of taxpayer money? My guess is all of them. By the way, Albrecht's "new approach" will be of mediocre quality, and the pathetic thing is he doesn't even know that Gateway has already been placing their students in community child care centers. The instructors struggle with matching good students with lower quality sites, and vice versa. Gateway will replace the childcare lab with a high school for high risk teens, which according to Albrecht will be like Lakeview Academy in Kenosha. Lakeview students are almost all white males, it has a lower teacher:student ratio than the average Wisconsin high school, and its graduation rate is low. Exactly what Racine needs. Triple the property tax money, half the benefit to the community.

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  13. "a convient spot to park their kids"

    Wow, that about sums it up. Gateway really dropped the ball here. Pity for Racine.

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