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Wisconsin College and Career Network Training - "Realizing the College Dream"

Making Connections: Community, Classroom, College and Careers

Wisconsin College and Career Network Conference

Event Date/Time

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 7:45am – 3:00pm
Registration starts at 7:30am


University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley
1478 Midway Rd

Menasha, WI 54952

Registration for this Training has Closed.


Free, breakfast and lunch will be provided

Space is limited!  Register by March 10, 2014!

For additional information or questions, please contact TRiO/ETS Director, Tammie DeVooght-Blaney at 920-832-0111 or tammie.blaney@uwc.edu.

This professional development opportunity is available to educators and service providers who are interested in youth becoming college and career ready.

Opening Address

Dennis Winters, Chief of the Office of Economic Advisors in the Department of Workforce Development

Meet the Trainers:

Steven Baumann

Steven Baumann is the Director of Learning Resources at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He also works as a part-time education consultant for Park City High School (UT) and is adjunct faculty in the Prescott College (AZ) Teacher Certification Adult Degree Program. Prior to his current position, Steven was the Associate Director of the University of Utah TRiO Programs. While in TRiO he served in numerous state, regional, and national leadership positions. Steven has developed, implemented and taught workshops and courses for students at the middle school, high school, and college levels. Topics of these workshops and classes have included “College Readiness,” “Strategies for Academic Success,” “Show Me the Money” and “Higher Ed Resources: Who, What, Where, How.” Steven is currently a trainer for the Realizing the College Dream training team, and is actively involved in his church and community. He earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah in 2003.

Rebecca Dukstein

Rebecca Dukstein hails from the great state of Kansas, the heart of the Midwest. She earned her Master of Science in Education in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas (KU).  Since 1994, she has served as the Associate Director (currently Director) of the KU Talent Search/TRiO Program. Rebecca has been actively involved at both the chapter and regional levels of TRiO/Educational Opportunity Programs. She has extensive experience writing and editing grant proposals, including both TRiO and GEAR UP. In addition, Rebecca has served on several committees for her state and regional associations such as new professionals, student leadership conference, professional conference and membership, and co-trainer for the 2002 and 2010 MAEOPP Emerging Leaders Institute. Rebecca has also taught an “Academic Strategies” course for first-year students at Kansas City, Kansas Community College. She served as a trainer for the ASPIRE TRiO Training grants for four years. Currently, Rebecca is a member of ECMC Foundation’s Realizing the College Dream training team as well as ECMC Foundation's PERSIST training team.

Jessica Genco-Grigsby

Jessica Genco-Grigsby resides in northeastern Tennessee and is adjunct faculty at Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, VA. She is an ECMC Foundation faculty member for both “Realizing the College Dream” and “Believing the College Dream” training curricula. Previously she was a trainer for four years with ASPIRE Training Institute (TRiO Training Grants). Jessica has over 13 years experience in higher education positions as director of career services, TRiO program counselor and teaching psychology and student development. She earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University. Jessica is a Licensed Professional Counselor (VA), a National Board Certified Counselor and a Master Career Counselor. Recently, she completed her Board Certified Coach and Distance Credentialed Counselor certifications.  Her interests and hobbies include domestic and international travel, outdoor recreation, hiking in Rocky Mountains, nature photography, birdwatching, aviation, and reading.

Johnnie Hill-Marsh

Johnnie Hill-Marsh is the Upward Bound director and EEO/affirmative action officer at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. Johnnie received her Bachelor of Arts in sociology from The State University of New York at Cortland, and a M.Ed. in counseling and student personnel services from Trenton State University. Before Upward Bound, she served as the director of the Science and Technology Entry Program at Le Moyne. She also has held administrative positions in Residential Life/Student Affairs at Ithaca College, Virginia Commonwealth University and Trenton State University. In addition, Johnnie has been a classroom teacher in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and Trenton, N.J. She has served as chair of the Standing Committee on Multicultural Affairs for the American College Personnel Association and as a board member of AEEE. Currently, Johnnie is a member of the Council for Opportunity In Education New TRiO Directors faculty, ASPIRE Training Institute and SAEOPP Training Center. Johnnie is a national, motivational speaker, facilitator and workshop presenter. Recently, Johnnie was the recipient of the Syracuse, N.Y. Citizen of the Year Award.

Adeluisa “Dely” G. Judal

Dely is President of InterActive Solutions, a national consulting service geared towards elevating performance levels of educational and social services programs that serve low-income, immigrant, and refugee populations. Services include professional development training, grant writing, technical reviews, project evaluation, and curriculum development. With over 14 years of experience as a higher education administrator, she has also taught graduate courses in Multi-Cultural Education and undergraduate courses in “College Survival Skills”.  Her consulting clients include non-profit community based organizations, higher educational institutions, as well as federal and state departments.  They include the U.S. Department of Education, TRiO programs and TRiO regional associations, Seattle Youth Employment Program, Immigrant & Refugee Family Support Project, Technology Access Foundation, St. Xavier University, University of Washington, Bemidji State University, University of California, San Diego, Center For Learning Connections, Northwest Environmental Justice Association, and VISTA. Her consulting practice includes both rural and urban programs. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and a M.Ed. in Guidance & Counseling.

March Kessler, Executive Director, ECMC Foundation

March Kessler is Executive Director of ECMC Foundation, an educational foundation that develops and implements outreach programs to expand access for low-income, first-generation college-going students and support their success in higher education. ECMC Foundation partners with the Office of Federal TRiO Programs on Realizing the College Dream and on its retention curriculum, PERSIST, as well as with the Connecticut, Oregon and Virginia Departments of Education on ECMC Scholars Program. ECMC Foundation also sponsors The College Place higher education access centers and supports numerous other programs to help students of all ages reach their higher education goals. March’s previous nonprofit experience was at The Santa Fe Opera. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President at Lorimar Television, a division of Time Warner Inc., has held executive positions at Columbia Pictures and NBC and has worked in the entertainment industry as a writer and producer. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania where she was a research fellow at the Annenberg School of Communication as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University.

Vicki Whebbe, Program Director, ECMC Foundation

Vicki Whebbe joined ECMC Foundation in 2007 after spending 11 years as a Technology Manager for ECMC Group, where she was responsible for computers and systems for 400 users spanning five locations. In previous years, Vicki worked in the public school system in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and at the University of Minnesota Law School. Her behind the scenes work on ECMC Foundation projects contributed to their success and as program director, she combines her technical background with her hands-on experience in education to develop and implement all ECMC Foundation initiatives. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from the University of Minnesota.

The Wisconsin College and Career Network strives to bring together individuals who have a passion for making a real difference in the lives of all youth regardless of economic background, learning styles, or family history through the development of a comprehensive college access network.

A professional development opportunity brought to you by the Wisconsin College and Career Network and