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Noreen joins CVTC Board

Mike Noreen

Mike Noreen of River Falls joined the Chippewa Valley Technical College Board of Directors at the board's annual organizational meeting July 9. Noreen, the conservation and efficiency coordinator for River Falls Municipal Utilities, will serve a three-year term as an employee member.

Noreen earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Education from Western Washington University and a Masters of Education Degree in Teaching Science from Northern Arizona University. He has also taken coursework at UW-Stevens Point, UW-River Falls and community colleges in Washington and Arizona.

Noreen has a background as a teacher, but prior to joining the city of River Falls in 2009 he worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in storm water and wildlife management positions.

Noreen serves on the Forward Foundation board in River Falls and is a regional board chairman for the American Public Power Association Research and Development. He is a Leadership River Falls graduate, chairs the city bike share program and has served as a local youth sports coach at various levels.

"I am a proponent of education and I believe in the technical college model and its place in

American education," Noreen said. "My passion for education is the predominant reason for seeking to become a board member at CVTC."

Also at the organizational meeting, re-elected to officer positions were Mona Mathews of Eau Claire as chair, Paul Schley of Cornell as vice chair, and Russell Ratsch of Neillsville as treasurer. Ron Walsh of Eau Claire was elected secretary. Schley and Ratsch were sworn in to additional three-year terms on the board.