For the second time in three years, CVTC Marketing Instructor Carol Robarge has been honored by the Wisconsin Marketing Education Association (WMEA).
In 2011, the WMEA presented her with the Outstanding Post-Secondary Marketing Educator Award. Recently, she was presented with a Teaching Excellence Award for her work over her entire 22-year career in marketing education.
“I’ve been involved in WMEA for a long time. I think the reason they gave me the award is that I’m retiring at the end of the semester,” Robarge said.
Actually, the award honors her for being an outstanding teacher, although her upcoming retirement may have influenced the timing of the presentation, which took place at the annual Marketing Update Conference.
Robarge left a successful career in the business world to dedicate herself to teaching. While working as a sales manager and regional buyer for Sears, Robarge decided she wanted to further her own education. “My personal goal was always to earn a bachelor’s degree,” she said. She enrolled in UW-Stout’s Marketing Education program.
Robarge taught for 10 years at Altoona High School. She earned her master’s degree and taught as an adjunct faculty member at Stout for four years. Robarge has taught as CVTC for the past 12 years.
“I have enjoyed working with the students and being part of their growth and development,” she said. “There are some incredible people who work in education. My colleagues at every level have inspired me. It’s a wonderful experience.”
Robarge has been honored by DECA for her work as the advisor of CVTC’s highly successful chapter. She has also worked closely with the students operating the Bridgeport Gifts and Apparel store. She was nominated last year for the Fuerstenberg Teaching Excellence Award.
“I’ve had a lot of positive feedback from students over the years,” she said.
Although she knows she will miss the interaction with students, Robarge is looking forward to a relaxing retirement. “I want to read more. I want to write more. I want to spend time with people who are important to me. I want to live life,” she said.