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Robert T. Borremans


Blackhawk Technical College

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Blackhawk Technical College

6004 S County Road G

Janesville, Wisconsin,53546

United States

Company Description

Blackhawk Technical College is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System. BTC has five campus locations in Monroe, Milton, Beloit and Janesville, WI offering more than 50 programs including two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas ... more

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Employment History

Chief Executive Officer

Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board


Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

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Most telling in this part of the book (with a chapter on a local banker and another on a community clothes & supply closet), however, is Goldstein's account of Bob Borremans, who runs the local job center.
Having long prided himself on staring down problems, though, Bob is pleased with a move he already has made: creating a guide to all the resources in town that can help people who have been thrown out of work, or who will be soon. He felt a take-charge satisfaction as he and some of the Job Center's staff started contacting the leaders of organizations across Rock County to ask permission to include them in the new guide. Organizations that dispense help with job training, consumer credit, housing, health care, literacy, food, bouts of depression, bouts of addiction, bouts of domestic violence-two hundred far-flung, help-offering organizations in all. Goldstein describes how Bob adds his own special touch, too: Bob may be well-meaning, but Goldstein applies her blade at the end of chapter 8: Bob believes, catastrophe might prove to be unbidden opportunity to help people find the work paths that would have suited them all along. Sure, people will need to retrain for this new work, but that's his specialty, and he can help them go back to school while waiting for jobs to emerge on the far side of this recession. Bob has been the Job Center's director for five years. For almost a quarter century before, he was an administrator at Blackhawk Technical College, the two-year school that provides most of the job training in town. As a young man, he had been a mild, back-of-the-room kind of guy until the president of the college noticed in him a spark of creativity, promoted him to be a vice president, and helped him find his voice, which over the years grew more and more outspoken. Sometimes even now, months past sixty, his trim beard gone white, Bob thinks that people who knew him when he was young wouldn't recognize the person he has become. Call it arrogance, call it what you want, Bob sees himself as a fix-it guy-the adult in the room, the one with a doctorate who can take on a project and do it better than anyone else.

Bob Borremans
JANESVILLE-Southwest Wisconsin will lose a tireless advocate for workforce services when Bob Borremans retires later this year. Since 2003, Borremans has been executive director of the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, one of 11 in Wisconsin established by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The board is responsible the planning and oversight of the workforce system in Rock, Green, Lafayette, Grant, Iowa and Richland counties. Its services are driven by the needs of local employers and workers and are available through the job centers such as the one in Janesville. "Bob has always stepped up to the plate," said Rich Gruber, first vice chair of the board and a vice president at Mercy Health System in Janesville. Borremans was front and center when Rock County took one of its most devastating hits in 2008 with the closing of the General Motors plant in Janesville and the impacts of a national recession. Borremans said the period was easily the biggest challenge he and his staff faced. The board was responsible for coordinating a plethora of agencies and groups trying to help displaced workers. "I was very pleased that the workforce system was responsive and able to bring in resources in the amount of about $12 million to help people go back to school, retrain and look for and land different jobs," Borremans said. "I always expected it to take more than a couple of years to resolve, and I'm quite pleased today with the state of recovery in Rock County." He said that while the economic situation in Rock County received the most attention, all six counties in his region had their own problems and unemployment rates in excess of 8 percent. Gruber said Borremans has done a yeoman's job in workforce development, which is often complicated by stacks of rules, regulations and restrictions. Before joining the board, Borremans worked at Blackhawk Technical College, where he ended a 23-year career as vice president of administrative student services. Shaw said Borremans and his staff juggled a variety of responsibilities. Borremans, he said, did a great job coordinating them and communicating with the variety of agencies and companies involved. "I'm proud of the services delivered, but I'm equally as proud of the recognitions we earned," Borremans said.

Much of the federal retraining money flows through the Southwest Wisconsin Development Board, whose boss is Bob Borremans, a former Blackhawk Tech vice president.
Borremans' agency helps pay for students to take classes at BTC and elsewhere. It also contracts with BTC to set up special courses exclusively for displaced workers, and that has raised questions. Some have seen people get into the special, contracted courses, which are only for laid-off workers, while regular students must wait to get into BTC's regular programs, such as nursing, Borremans said. Displaced workers have never leap-frogged over those waiting for BTC's regular courses, said Borremans and Sharon Kennedy, BTC's vice president of learning. "We're paying way more than we should for that, in my opinion," Borremans said. Borremans said 16 students got licensed practical nurse training in a contract with BTC that cost $180,000, for example. Borremans said he understands this reasoning, but "I just would have hoped they could have done a little bit more." Borremans would like to see BTC set up more short-term programs to get workers back to work as fast as possible. Borremans gives BTC better than a passing grade in its response to the economic emergency, however. "They've really responded well in overall terms," he said. "The quality's still there. They run good programs." Borremans said his funding comes from four sources: Borremans said he pulled back on funding for students because most of those sources were on the verge of drying up. "We're kind of forcing them into making choices," Borremans said. It was Zahn's second compromise on the road to recovery. He had wanted to take small-engine repair at Madison Area Technical College but was told there was no room. Now, Zahn worries that his certificate may not be competitive enough to get him a job. Borremans said he hopes to be able to fund more associate degrees now because the National Emergency Grant was recently refunded. Borremans said the need remains great. His agency has helped 3,900 people get training since July 1, but there are 15,000 unemployed people in the six counties he serves.

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Bob Borremans
President 870 North Black Oak Drive Edgerton, WI 53534 Phone: 608-751-8604

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