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(Back row from left) Kevin Hacker, Mills Lacs member, Jay Fleming, LCO member, Lorraine Gouge, LCO Tribal Council- Vice Chair, Wisconsin State Assemblyman, Nick Milroy, Joshua Luce, LCO Member, Tim DJock, Train Skills Management, Certified Instructor, Wes Bearheart, St. Croix member, Alvin Oustigoff, St. Croix member, Vincent Barr, St. Croix descendant. Front: Penny Nickence, LCO member, Aimee Stands, LCO member, Francis Songetay, St Croix Council member, Michelle Boudin, LCO Tribal Council member (Secretary - Treasurer)

SOFTEC celebrated their first graduation of 2020 recently and graduates were presented with legislative citations.

State Representative Nick Milroy was in Siren last week for the graduation ceremony on Jan. 31.

Milroy shared his thoughts on the ceremony on Facebook.

“I had the great privilege of presenting legislative citations to recent graduates of the SOFTEC (SOFTECEducation.org) heavy equipment operator training in Siren,” Milroy wrote. “This innovative program provides life changing opportunities to communities in rural Wisconsin. The fast track program has proven results of getting people quickly employed into the construction trades with excellent salaries and benefits. This is training that should be modeled statewide. Congratulations to the recent graduates and all of the folks that have made this program a success.”

SOFTEC’s executive director Tim D’Jock added, “We will continue to provide opportunity of hope.”