BayCare Clinic Foundation awards three educators at NWTC

Thu, Aug 18, 2016

Pictured from left are: Dr. Joseph Hodgson, BayCare Clinic Foundation, award winner Don Borst, Kay Tapala, academic dean, award winner Leah Smejkal and award winner Sheila Gross-Rogers of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, Wisconsin.


Northeast Wisconsin Technical College educators Sheila Gross-Rogers, Leah Smejkal and Don Borst were recently selected for individual awards by the BayCare Clinic Foundation’s board.


The awards were based on the educators’ commitment to student success, instructional innovation, individual achievement and teamwork, and dedication to the health profession.


The BayCare Clinic Faculty of the Year award funds professional development opportunities for outstanding nursing and allied health professionals to enhance instruction. This is the fourth year BayCare Clinic has given the faculty awards.


“The BayCare Clinic Foundation is pleased to provide continued financial support to NWTC,” said Dr. Joseph Hodgson, president of the BayCare Clinic Foundation. “On a personal level, I am a big, big fan of technical college programming. The service that the community gets from this institution is fabulous.”


Each of the recipients will receive up to $2,000 to attend a relevant national health conference.


“They’ll bring back fantastic ideas to advance the great work you already do here,” Hodgson said.


The faculty awards are part of a larger BayCare Clinic Foundation pledge to contribute $50,000 to the NWTC Educational Foundation over five years. In addition to the Faculty of the Year awards, funds will be used to support additional NWTC nursing and allied health professional development projects.




About BayCare Clinic Foundation

Established in 2000, the BayCare Clinic Foundation was created to promote the health and well-being of Northeast Wisconsin residents, with an emphasis on supporting the educational efforts within the healthcare sector. With that, the BayCare Clinic Foundation is committed to promoting professional development of NWTC faculty through monies for continuing education in their healthcare specialty.


About BayCare Clinic

BayCare Clinic,, is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With its 100-plus physicians, BayCare Clinic offers expertise in more than 20 specialties, serving clinical locations in 13 regional communities. Based in Green Bay, Wis., BayCare Clinic is a joint partner in Aurora BayCare Medical Center.


About the NWTC Educational Foundation

Established in 1970, the NWTC Educational Foundation is a public, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide financial support to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College students and the College through scholarships and other financial needs. By doing so the Foundation promotes the value of technical college education within the community and supports the College’s vision and mission.

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