Newsmaker: Dennis Wilke |

Newsmaker: Dennis Wilke

Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald presented Dennis Wilke, 45, president of Rosedale Technical College in Kennedy, with a proclamation marking the institution as the county’s newest college and commemorating its recent success in preparing graduates for jobs in skilled trades.

Noteworthy: Last month, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald presented Wilke and Rosedale Technical College with a proclamation honoring the institution as the county’s newest college and acknowledging its recent success in preparing graduates for jobs in skilled trades. Wilke will serve as a board member for the Rural Community College Initiative, which will meet for the first time next month.

Age: 45

Residence: South Fayette

Family: Wife, Christine; sons, Ben, 17, and Nick, 15; daughter, Anna, 13

Occupation: President and director of Rosedale Technical College in Kennedy and chairman of Precision Manufacturing Institute in Meadville

Background: Wilke worked for May Department Stores Co., the parent company of Kaufmann’s department stores, for 14 years. He became vice president and controller of the company’s Houston-based Foley’s department stores. He started working for Rosedale as a vice president in 2005, then took over the presidency from his father.

Education: Wilke graduated from Meadville High School and earned degrees in economics and philosophy from Carnegie Mellon University.

Quote: “The skills gap is real, based on the number of employers looking to hire our graduates. Now is a great time to be in the skilled trades.”

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