The Kohler High School boys varsity soccer team won the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the seventh year in a row as announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America recently. To earn this award the entire team must maintain an average GPA of 3.25 for the year. Kohler was one of only six high school boys teams in the state to earn the award. It was the seventh year in a row they have won it.
Three Wisconsin schools were among 51 nationwide to have both their boys and girls prep soccer teams earn the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 school year.
Kohler School District makes the Honor Roll by the College Board
Submitted by Quynh Trueblood, Superintendent
December 10, 2014 - The Kohler School District is one of 574 districts in the nation and Canada to be named to the 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll by the College Board. This recognition reflects the district’s dedication to expanding the opportunity and access to Advanced Placement courses while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3, 4, and 5 on the exams. The Advanced Placement program offers college-level curricula and exams to high school students. American colleges and universities often grant placement and course credit to students who earn high scores on the exams.
In the last five years, Kohler has expanded its AP course offerings to include calculus, statistics, biology, European history, US government and politics, language and composition, and literature and composition. During this time, an average of 81% of students earned a score of 3 or higher, the number of exams taken grew from 17 to 76, and the percentage of students participating in the exams increased from 9% to 22%.
Congratulations to Kohler Schools and the community at large!
Lakeland College, Sheboygan County resorts partner to address labor shortage
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Lakeland College, Blue Harbor Resort & Spa, The Osthoff Resort and Destination Kohler today announced a partnership designed to create a new talent pool for area resorts and help Lakeland hospitality management students learn while they earn money for college.
As part of the agreement, Blue Harbor, The Osthoff and Destination Kohler will make a number of entry-level positions and/or internships available to Lakeland hospitality management students.
The jobs are not guaranteed, and students will have to interview for any posted positions. Employers have the final say in hiring, and how long the students stay employed depends upon job performance and job availability by the program partners.
For the resorts, the partnership addresses challenges of attracting and retaining qualified and dependable employees, especially during holidays and the summer. Lakeland will allow students to live on campus during breaks and summers as part of the program.
“If you ask area executives across all industry sectors what their biggest challenge for the future is, they are likely to respond that the availability of a viable workforce is that challenge,” said David Sanderson, vice president and general manager of Blue Harbor Resort & Spa, located in Sheboygan.
“Tourism is no different. With this partnership, we have an opportunity to overcome that challenge, while providing a real-world practical laboratory for students to augment their academic requirements. The potential benefit for students to lower their need for student loans and thus reduce their debt load after graduation is important also.”
Sanderson noted that Blue Harbor has hired several Lakeland graduates into management jobs during his four-year tenure, and he expects that number to grow.
“I believe this gives Lakeland College’s hospitality program a real competitive edge in attracting high school graduates who are interested in a career within our industry,” Sanderson said. “If students apply themselves, they will exit Lakeland with a bachelor’s degree along with years of industry experience. As a hiring employer, I would view that as a distinct advantage.”
Lola Roeh, general manager at The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, agreed that the partnership addresses the labor challenge facing local employers.
“Through this partnership, Lakeland will have the ability to provide professional experiences for students studying hospitality management, and The Osthoff will have access to a new labor distribution channel that’s very industry focused,” Roeh said. “We have always had access to Lakeland’s student body, but now Lakeland will be promoting The Osthoff and the other partners as an opportunity for gaining experience in the field.”
Roeh said this partnership provides local employers an opportunity to train and grow prospective full-time employees.
“For the Lakeland student, this is an opportunity to sample their choice of study as a future job,” Roeh said. “They...
Destination Kohler’s 500-acre wildlife preserve, River Wildlife, offers cross-country skiing or snowshoeing through the expansive snow-covered wilderness, as well as bird hunting, trapshooting, ice fishing and 3-D archery.
KOHLER, Wis. – Dec. 3, 2014 – The annual holiday tradition in Kohler continues this year with more gingerbread entries than ever before. “During the month of December, more than 10,000 people will visit the Waelderhaus and vote on their favorite locally-made Gingerbread creations,” says Debbie Weber, Waelderhaus manager, “and every house looks delicious than the last!”
Each year, Kohler Foundation invites local school and community groups to submit unique gingerbread houses decorated with candy and other edible items. These creations are displayed at the Waelderhaus during the month of December (1100 West Riverside Drive, Kohler), and visitors can cast their votes for their favorites in several age categories. Winning classrooms and community groups will receive cash prizes for first, second and third place. Visitors are invited to discover these marvelous, mouth-watering masterpieces and enjoy complimentary gingerbread cookies during extended holiday hours: Sunday through Friday, 1:00-5:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
While browsing the gingerbread creations, Waelderhaus visitors can listen to merry seasonal songs each Saturday and Sunday during the festival at 2:00 p.m. Performances by a variety of local acts like show choirs, German bands, and dance troupes create a festive holiday atmosphere. A list of all the featured weekend performers is available on the Kohler Foundation’s website.
Waelderhaus General Information
Admission to the Waelderhaus and the Gingerbread Festival, including the musical performances, is free. Tours are offered daily at 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. throughout the month of December (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Group tours are available by appointment. For more information, visit www.kohlerfoundation.org or call (920) 453-2851.
The Waelderhaus is managed by the Kohler Foundation, a private, non-profit foundation that supports education, arts and preservation initiatives in Wisconsin.
ATTENTION READERS: The Woodlake Market newsstand copies of The Kohler Villager have been RELOCATED to the newspaper stand INSIDE THE STORE (on the bottom shelf under the other local newspapers). They will no longer be in the rack in the exit area.