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Leinenkugel to talk hiring vets at Nicolet College Hire Up seminar Oct. 2

Sept. 10, 2015

The many benefits and skills military veterans bring to the workplace will be the focus of Nicolet College’s Hire Up seminar Friday, Oct. 2, designed to give business professionals insights into hiring veterans.

Keynote speaker will be Dick Leinenkugel, a former Marine Corp officer, Wisconsin Department of Commerce Secretary, and the current president of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company.

Leinenkugel will discuss his military experience and how it has enabled him to lead large, multi-faceted organizations. He’ll also talk about his belief that veterans are leaders, team builders, and problem solvers who have the unique potential to strengthen communities across the country.

He’ll speak from 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. in the Nicolet College Theatre and be followed by Veterans Employment Representative Nancy Brown from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD).

Brown will talk about how the DWD can help businesses hire and retain veterans.

The first morning session, which is geared toward business professionals, will wrap up at 9 a.m.

A second morning session, which is geared for those working in higher education, will run from 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Others are also welcome to attend.

Presentation topics will include:

- Veteran Transitions – Reintegration into Civilian Life by Willa Panzer, associate vice president of Student Development and Assessment for the Wisconsin Technical College System. Panzer is also commander of the Wisconsin Air National Guard 115th Maintenance Squadron.

- Deployment Stress, PTSD, and Student Veterans – Mental Health of Service Members Returning from Afghanistan and Iraq by Dr. Rod Linder, clinical psychologist with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Linder has worked with numerous veterans over the years and currently serves at the VA Community Based Outpatient Center in Rhinelander.

- Veterans Returning to College – Challenges and Opportunities Veterans May Bring to the Classroom by Scott Lieburn, dean of students at Moraine Park Technical College. He also serves as inspector general for the Wisconsin Air National Guard 115th Fighter Wing in Madison.

A continental breakfast will be served from 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. and lunch beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Admission is free and open to the public but registration is required by Sept. 25. To register, call Nicolet at (715) 365-4425, 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4425; TTY 1-800-947-3529 or 711.

All presentations will be held in the Nicolet College Theatre.

This is the first in a series of free Hire Up seminars at Nicolet College.

The seminars are made available through ACT.  The ACT program is 100% funded with a TAACCCT Round IV $19.9 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.