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Safety trainer earns new teacher award

CVTC President Bruce Barker congratulates Jon Leenhouts on receiving the 2013 Domer Award.

Embracing his own professional development has earned a Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) instructor a major teaching award.

Jon Leenhouts, a safety trainer and consultant with CVTC’s Business and Industry team, has been named the winner of the 2013 Domer New Faculty Teaching Award, which recognizes a faculty member for distinguished performance in the first two years as a full-time instructor at CVTC.

CVTC’s Business and Industry team provides custom instruction and training for employees in businesses throughout the CVTC district, with classes taking place at CVTC facilities, or at business sites.

“Jon came to CVTC as a trainer and has embraced professional development that has taken him from an excellent trainer to an excellent teacher,” said CVTC Vice President of Education Roger Stanford.

Among Leenhouts’ accomplishments are working with Grassland Dairy 12 hours each month mentoring young safety managers; conducting on-site safety inspections, making use of iPad technology to facilitate review; working on implementation of a Workforce Advancement Training grant for safety training; and creating the first-ever Safety Day in October.

“Jon is passionate about the work he does. He is committed to employers who attend his training and to CVTC. Jon’s goal is to make CVTC the number one choice that business and industry come to for safety training. He recognizes the importance of his development as a master teacher to set CVTC above the rest,” Stanford said.

“I've sought additional interaction with (CVTC’s) College of Professional Development to further my understanding of the art of teaching,” Leenhouts said.  “We've also collaborated on a couple of presentations for new staff, and a presentation to College management.”

“Jon’s feedback from participants and employers speak highly of his safety competence and also of his teaching excellence,” Stanford said. “Jon not only cares about his own development, but, when asked, shared with first-year faculty his professional development approach.”

The Domer New Faculty Teaching Award is made through CVTC Foundation, Inc., which enhances the mission and vision of CVTC by securing resources for student scholarships, staff initiatives,  technology investments and other purposes. For more information about the Foundation, go to or e-mail