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ATC employees help Fairview School with STEM projects

American Transmission Co. employee volunteers recently worked with students at Fairview School in Milwaukee Public Schools on two science technology engineering and math projects. Employees volunteered in the classroom and ATC provided supplies to support the projects during an ATC STEM Day of Caring.

Fairview students in grades two through four designed and built carriers that each hold a raw egg. The assignment was to make a carrier that could keep the egg intact when it was dropped two stories. ATC volunteers helped them design and build the project. On testing day, most eggs survived the fall while the excited students watched from the ground as each project was dropped. A few eggs even rolled out of their containers!

Seventh grade students designed blades for a wind turbine and tested them. ATC volunteers with engineering skills provided feedback while students researched their designs and helped some students start the building process. Each team prepared two designs, one for speed and one for torque.

“I think overall as students worked in teams to design and test solutions, they were empowered to develop solutions to problems in real time. They also had to focus on skills like collaboration, critical thinking and communication to create a successful prototype,” said Fairview teacher, Jason Floyd.

Our volunteers were impressed by the creativity and ingenuity of the students. They were exploring different materials and experimenting with different techniques. And best of all, they were learning and applying their skills in new ways.

We are so grateful for our time spent sharing STEM ideas with Fairview students. We learn from them at least as much as they learn from us.

ATC employees share lessons learned from military service

At American Transmission Co., our employees are the heart of our organization, and we are proud that many of them represent the American military population. In honor of Military Appreciation Month, we would like to thank our veteran employees not only for what they do for ATC, but also for what they have done for our nation.

Around 10 percent of ATC employees have military experience and they are an important part of our workforce. They bring unique skills and strengths including leadership, honesty, strategic thinking, camaraderie and teamwork.

To help us recognize and honor ATC employees who have served, we asked them to share how they’ve applied their military training and skills to their work at ATC. Here are some of their responses.

Duane, U.S. Navy:

“Amongst many, many things I learned, one that I’ll always remember came from my first commanding officer aboard the submarine I was assigned to, USS Simon Bolivar. He taught me that another person’s perception of me is their reality, it’s based on what they see and hear. If I think their perception about me is wrong, I need to do something to change that perception and not simply complain about it.”

Luella, Army National Guard:

“A simple plan executed well is better than an excellent plan executed poorly or not carried out.”

“If you have a problem to solve, start by getting input from the people closest to the work.”

“Be decisive, and when you make a decision, own it. If you made a mistake, own up to it.”

 Dennis, U.S. Navy:  

“I would have to say the biggest thing I learned while in the Navy, other than how to properly mop, wax, and buff the floor, was how to deal with a variety of different people from different backgrounds. You have to learn to be tolerant of others’ thoughts and beliefs, and in some cases deal with some very challenging personalities.”

John, U.S. Air Force:

“People first, mission always. It’s important to get to know your people, treat them consistently, help them develop and work with them to remove roadblocks that get in the way of them doing their jobs.”

Matthew, U.S. Marine Corps:

“While going through Marine Corps Infantry Training School, I remember our first night patrol where we expected to be ambushed so that we could implement our combat skills to effectively respond to our armed combatants. The lead infantry instructor said to us as were getting ready to move out, ‘Marines, you need to proceed on this mission with slow movement to contact, we are not rushing to our deaths; we are here to win.’

“The lesson I learned from “slow movement to contact” was that as you venture into an unknown environment or in the case stated above of a simulated fire-fight, you need to as Wyatt Earp liked to state, ‘learn to be slow in a hurry.’

“Earp was referencing how to succeed in an old west gun-fight, which was applicable to a young 19-year-old Private First Class Rifleman when I was going through ITS almost 38 years ago.

“Being “slow in hurry” is a lesson that I have leveraged throughout my life, whether it is as an individual contributor, parenting our kids through their maturation with my wife, or in leadership positions where you have to guide your team through challenging times. It doesn’t mean lollygagging through life, it means you need to be disciplined, consistent and resilient so that you can be the calm at the center of the storm during tough times.”

ATC, Milwaukee Bucks celebrate third year of Trees for Threes program

In culmination of this season’s Trees for Threes program, American Transmission Co. and the Milwaukee Bucks planted four trees May 14 at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Milwaukee School of Languages. The four trees are part of the 573 trees that will be planted at schools across the state.

The 573 trees were donated by ATC through the Trees for Threes program, which is in its third season. One tree was donated for every three-pointer the Bucks made at Fiserv Forum during the regular season.

Milwaukee School of Languages students who achieved high attendance rates were guests at the event and helped plant the trees, which were locally-sourced from Johnson’s Nursery in Menomonee Falls.

A total of 259 schools across the state will receive a combined total of 573 trees. Since the program began in 2016, ATC has donated 1,271 trees throughout Wisconsin. Click here more information about the program, or to see a full list of the 259 schools.

A photo gallery from the event can be viewed below.

Employees celebrate Mother’s Day at Women Build

American Transmission Co. sponsored a team during National Women Build Week to help Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County build affordable housing to support the community.

On Saturday, May 11, nine employee volunteers, including two mother and daughter teams who volunteered together in celebration of Mother’s Day, helped another mother build her new home.

Habitat is building the home for single mom Dawn, her daughter Courtney, who is in college and the National Guard, and her 9-year-old daughter Myah, who has severe special needs. The home is the first ranch-style home Waukesha’s Habitat has built, and will include special accommodations for Myah such as wider doorways for her wheelchair and a lift to help her use the bathtub safely.

The ATC team built and raised three exterior walls for the project. The project will continue throughout the summer and fall. It is expected that Dawn and her family will be able to move in before the end of the year.

Click here to learn more and watch a video about the project by Milwaukee’s WTMJ news.

A photo gallery of the event is also located below.

ATC celebrates Superhero Day with United Way

We care about making sure members of our community have healthy food when they’re hungry. On May 1, American Transmission Co. provided sandwich fixings to make more than 600 sandwiches for local United Way organizations. Employee superheroes across our footprint volunteered to order and organize the items and worked alongside United Way members to assemble the sandwiches and write notes of encouragement for the recipients.

Sandwiches were delivered to these local United Way organizations:

  • Alpha Omega Residential Rehabilitation Center, Iron Mountain, Mich.
  • Caring House, Iron Mountain, Mich.
  • Family Ties Adult Center, Iron Mountain, Mich.
  • Menomonee River Habitat for Humanity, Mich.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay
  • Salvation Army Waukesha
  • Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Madison

We feel like superheroes when we can contribute our time and support so people in our community thrive. Thank you to our United Way partners for helping us coordinate this event and happy Superhero Day!