Working to connect businesses with education
The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) and Butler Community College partnered recently to recognize GLMV Architecture and Dan Wilson, GLMV project manager, as part of KBOR’s Employer Engagement Initiative. The Employer Engagement Initiative is focused on connecting businesses with education. KBOR recognizes three levels of participation with Champion being the most engaged and supportive which includes providing internship opportunities for students or faculty, and taking a formal supporting role of education.
GLMV and Wilson were recognized for their outstanding commitment to education and employment of Butler students. In December, Wilson was presented the Champion Level award by Mel Whiteside, Dean of Butler’s Science Technology, Engineering and Math Division, and Daniel Higdon, Engineering Technology department chair. The Engineering Technology Program is housed in the college’s 5000 Building in Andover.
Wilson, a longtime supporter of Butler and its engineering technology programs, began teaching as an adjunct instructor for the college in 2010 and helped the institution launch an advisory board. Over the years he has been active on several advisory boards including those for the Engineering Graphics and Engineering Technology programs. Wilson also helped the college develop an engineering graphics course and a sustainable design course for its engineering programs.
In addition to serving Butler, he also takes keen interest in developing students on an individual basis. Wilson has played an integral role in students gaining internship opportunities at GLMV. For example, GLMV hired Butler student Jackson Hollis of Augusta on a part-time basis last fall as part of an internship. Hollis graduated this past December and now works fulltime for GLMV.
“It’s these types of partnerships that make the curriculum and learning process complete for students. We can’t thank GLMV enough for what they bring to our curriculum and do for our students in the form of internships and employment,” said Whiteside. “They are very worthy of this recognition.”
KBOR’s Employer Engagement Initiative involves colleges nominating employers at one of three levels (Supporter, Partner or Champion). Each level carries a different distinction, as well as different levels of contribution to a program by the employer. Once an employer is nominated, the Kansas Board of Regents, in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Commerce, provides an award that recognizes the employer and the institution for their collaborative efforts. Two copies are disseminated to the institution, one for the college, one for the employer.