The future is now at Trace-A-Matic
Pewaukee business receives Futuremakers Partner award from state tech college system

March 26, 2016

On Tuesday, Trace-A-Matic representatives received the “Futuremakers Partner” award from the Wisconsin Technical College System Board. Pictured from left to right are: Waukesha County Technical College Dean of Applied Technologies Mike Shiels, WCTC President Kaylen Betzig, Trace-A-Matic President Thorsten Wienss, WTCS Board President John Schwantes and System President Morna Foy.

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PEWAUKEE - On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Technical College System Board awarded its “Futuremakers Partner” award to Trace-AMatic. The award recognizes the partnerships between Wisconsin’s technical colleges and their community and employer partners.

Located in Brookfield, Trace-A-Matic is a precision machining company serving the oil and gas, defense, medical, food, pharmaceutical and aerospace industries, among others. Trace-AMatic also operates facilities in Houston, Texas.

For many years the company has maintained a partnership with Waukesha County Technical College. Trace-A-Matic was started in 1968.

“On a local, state and national level, there has been much discussion about the shortage of skilled workers, especially in the manufacturing field,” said Trace-A-Matic President Thorsten Wienss in a statement. “WCTC has been a great partner and part of the solution in Waukesha County by providing an advanced manufacturing curriculum that is business driven.”

In 2013, Trace-A-Matic worked with WCTC and the college’s K-12 school district partners to create the “Dual Enrollment Academy” for high school students. The Academy was designed to provide high school seniors with a head start in highdemand careers, along with an opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school. In addition, Trace-A-Matic also made a significant gift in support of WCTC’s new Integrated Manufacturing Center, with a ribbon cutting slated for April.

“Trace-A-Matic was the founding employer partner of WCTC’s Dual Enrollment Academy and is a tremendous advocate for the college,” said WCTC President Kaylen Betzig in a statement. “From serving on our advisory committees to hiring our graduates, Trace continues to make a difference in both the local economy and sustainable future of the community.”

The Wisconsin Technical College System offers more than 300 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas and certificates. 

— Freeman Staff