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Jason Michaud Receives Domer Award

Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) Instructor Jason Michaud received the Domer New Faculty Teaching Award for researching and developing new curriculum in CVTC’s machine tool program.

Michaud teaches Advanced Micro-Machining in the Machine Tooling Technics program. He was hired in 2009 to develop the micro- and advanced-machining curriculum to support CVTC’s program, NanoRite Center for Innovation and the regional machining industry.

After conducting site visits to regional machining employers to gauge their technology needs, Michaud worked with regional experts to bring new CAD/CAM software into CVTC’s Swiss machining instruction. He also developed a nine-credit Advanced Machining-Swiss certificate. The first course of the certificate is being incorporated into the Machine Tooling Technics program this fall.

“Jason has a high impact on student learning,” states Roger Stanford, director of professional development. “He creates strong connections from his industry knowledge to his classroom lab, aligning his own learning to his students’ experiences.”
Michaud also lends technical assistance to area machine shops that work with CVTC and has been recognized for his improvement recommendations.

“Jason positively impacts student learning while building a positive image with the machining community. He learns new technology and applications, and then seeks out methods to transfer that knowledge and skills to students,” said Mark Hendrickson, dean of manufacturing.

The Domer New Faculty Teaching Award recognizes new instructors who have distinguished themselves during their first two years of teaching. The award was started by the Domer family, who owned Arnie’s Ski and Garden in Eau Claire. Recipients are chosen for their innovation, creativity, strength in performance-based instructional planning and assessment, high potential impact on student learning, and integration within the CVTC community.