WTEA Advisory Team

The WTEA Advisory Team consists of members that represent businesses, industries, and trades that are connected to Technology & Engineering curricular areas.


The overall purpose of the WTEA Advisory Team will be to help inform the association on current trends and issues important to the businesses and industries we support. Additional benefits of the Advisory Team include:

  • Relay current trends happening in business and industry.
  • Provide insight on the “Skills Gap” and workforce development in technical areas.
  • Update board on government initiatives/issues related to technical occupation areas.
  • Assist in the area of helping the WTEA create connections and partnerships with businesses and organizations in different technical areas.
  • Provide legislative support in areas dealing with Technology and Engineering Education if applicable.
  • The WTEA Advisory Team will hold a round-table session at the annual conference in order top help provide open communication with the membership.

Advisory Team Members

Dr. Bryan Albrecht, President and CEO Gateway Technical College

Ann Franz, Director of NEW Manufacturing Alliance

Jon Hirsch, Director of Business Development – Auer Steel

Larry Blackledge, UW Stout Mfg. Outreach Center Director