Chippewa Falls-based Northwestern Bank has been chosen to receive Chippewa Valley Technical College’s (CVTC’s) 2012 Proven Business Partner award. The award is granted annually to an area business that has demonstrated concern for career and technical education through its support of CVTC and its programs.
Northwestern Bank President Jerry Jacobson will accept the award at the 9th Annual CVTC Alumni Association Spring Gala on Thursday, April 12, at Florian Gardens in Eau Claire.
“This recognition is meaningful, not just for me personally, but it’s particularly meaningful for our bank employees,” Jacobson said. “In giving this award, CVTC considers what a business’s employees give to the community. This award recognizes that our employees are willing to pitch in and give their time and talents to our community. That’s the most important thing about this award for us.”
In nominating Northwestern Bank for the award, Tim Shepardson, manager of CVTC’s Chippewa Falls campus, noted Jacobson’s long history of service to the college. Jacobson served on the CVTC Foundation Board of Directors for nine years.
Jacobson has been Northwestern Bank’s president since 1998, and under his leadership the bank has supported CVTC financially through the endowment of scholarships and contributions to support the college’s project and facility needs. For example, a few years ago Northwestern Bank purchased a human patient simulator for CVTC’s health program.
Jacobson said the bank has benefited from its support of CVTC by turning to the college when looking to hire well-trained, skilled employees.
“Our business has about 100 employees, but the four-year college degree is needed for only about 10 percent of them,” he said. “But there are many other skilled positions that we sometimes need to fill. And at those times CVTC is one place where we actively look. We’ve done that in the past, and we’ll continue to do that when we’re looking for someone with the skills that CVTC teaches.”
A recent edition of the CVTC alumni newsletter highlighted the many CVTC graduates working for Northwestern Bank. They include graduates of CVTC’s Accounting and Business Management program who hold positions with the bank ranging from tellers to assistant vice presidents.
“With a proven track record like CVTC, we will continue to partner with CVTC in our community to help fill future employment opportunities,” Jacobson said.
Northwestern Bank is a locally owned community bank that has been based in Chippewa Falls since its founding in 1904. The bank also operates branches in Eau Claire, Boyd, Cornell and Thorp.
Pictured with Jerry Jacobson are several Northwestern Bank employees who are graduates of CVTC.