Three outstanding Chippewa Valley Technical College instructors have been honored by the Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education (WACTE). Marcy Bruflat received the Outstanding Instructor Award and Laurie Boettcher the New Instructor Award. Judi Anibas was honored with the Outstanding Member - Community Involvement Award.
The awards were presented April 11 at the WACTE Professional Development Conference in Middleton.
A 25-year veteran of the Eau Claire Police Department, Judi Anibas is currently a public safety trainer with CVTC’s Business & Industry (B&I ) team, and her association with CVTC goes back many years. She joined the CVTC faculty in 1992 and became full-time in 2006. She served as dean of the law enforcement and emergency services programs.
Anibas has been heavily involved in many organizations and community efforts, including Special Olympics, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Women in the Outdoors, the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Wisconsin and the Westgate Sportsmen’s Club, often serving as a board member or chair of events. She served as fundraising chair for the Girls on Fire camp at CVTC and has been elected twice to the board of the Eau Claire Energy Cooperative. In April 2013 Girl Scouts of America Great Lakes Region presented her with the Courage, Character and Confidence Award. Anibas has also been heavily involved in several law enforcement professional organizations.
Bruflat is an instructor and FireMedic program director for fire services training at CVTC. Her success formula for students in the program is summarized as Brains + Braun + Altruism = A CVTC FireMedic. Bruflat has a long history of accomplishment in her professions. Together with the Paramedic program director, she created the CVTC FireMedic associate degree program, the first of its kind in the nation. She created a regional fire department hiring process in which 13 full-time fire departments use CVTC to administer their exams and screening of applicants. Bruflat developed Firemedic internship sites at nine fire departments.
In 2013, Bruflat developed and implemented the highly successful and groundbreaking Girls on Fire camp to encourage girls to consider careers in firefighting and emergency services. The camp received national media attention.
New Instructor Award winner Laurie Boettcher is the digital marketing instructor of the Marketing Management program at CVTC. She joined CVTC full-time in January 2013 and teaches Marketing Principles, Promotion Principles, Promotional Design, Social Media Marketing, and Professional Development for Marketing. She is also the Marketing Internship Coordinator and DECA Advisor for the college. She has industry experience to go with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication- Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and a Master of Science in Digital Communication from Northwestern University.
Boettcher significantly restructured the Social Media Marketing course to focus on business use of the major social media platforms. In the second semester of the class, she piloted a virtual classroom, with four students from the CVTC River Falls campus attending virtually along with 22 face-to-face students in Eau Claire. In her first semester at CVTC, she created a curriculum for a proposed Promotional Design class. She will also write the curriculum that will become the backbone of a new Social Media and Mobile Marketing Associate Degree program.
Also honored by WACTE was Karen Delaney with the Longevity Award, which is presented in recognition for serving at least 25 years in career & technical education and having been a WACTE member for at least five years. Jerry Moldenhauer was nominated for the WACTE Leadership Award.