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Mequon Campus VP Wilma Bonaparte Awarded Excellence in Community Service Award by Milwaukee Affiliate Black Child Development Institute

Dr. Wilma L. Bonaparte, vice president for Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Mequon Campus, received a Children's Excellence Legacy Award for Community Service from the Milwaukee Affiliate Black Child Development Institute (BCDI) at the organization's eighth annual Excellence in Community Service Celebration on Nov. 13.

Bonaparte has been a leader in early childhood and urban teacher education programs in Milwaukee since 2002. During her tenure as associate dean, she lead MATC’s Early Childhood Education associate degree program in becoming the first and only two-year college in Wisconsin to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  Under her leadership, program enrollment doubled and retention increased 24 percent due in part to her role in diversifying the faculty, in working with community-based organizations serving both Latino and African-American populations and by establishing and nurturing the only bilingual (English, Hmong, Spanish) Early Childhood Education associate degree program in Wisconsin.

Bonaparte was instrumental in securing funding and organizing the first Early Childhood Diversity Conference in Wisconsin. In addition, she secured more than $1.5 million in grant funding to provide scholarships to local day care providers to improve their quality of education and their YoungStar ratings.

“Dr. Bonaparte’s vision, dedication and commitment to the practice of early childhood and teaching has increased the profile and credibility of this critical field and has provided the foundation for future educational excellence,” said Wanda Montgomery, president of the Milwaukee Affiliate BCDI.

Bonaparte holds a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, a management certificate from Harvard University, a master’s degree from Penn State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico.