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For Immediate Release:  April 18, 2013
Contact:   Conor Smyth, 608-266-2991,
               Kyle Schwarm, 608-266-0050,

Stories of WTCS student leaders inspire crowd

         MADISON – Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) President Morna K. Foy addressed a gathering of technical college student leaders from across the state this week.

         Each year, faculty and staff from Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges nominate students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance, leadership, and community spirit. Wednesday’s recognition ceremony featured the 16 students selected from among the nominees to serve as college ambassadors in the coming year. Each received a $500 scholarship from Robert W. Baird & Company.

         Those in attendance included the students and their families, college and system leaders, and program sponsors. "This event inspires all us to make a technical college opportunity available to more students like you, who truly represent the breadth of that opportunity," Foy told the student ambassadors. "We certainly appreciate Robert W. Baird’s long-standing, generous support of our efforts to recognize you," Foy stated.

         The students each spoke to the gathering. Corabeth Halverson was at the top of her high school class and initially chose a public four-year institution before transferring into the accounting program at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College. "Everyone assumed a four-year university was the only option for someone like me, but it wasn’t the right fit at all." Heidi Mrozek actually completed her four-year degree in psychology, she said, before realizing that Northcentral Technical College in Wausau would lead more directly to the health care careers in which she was most interested.

         In contrast, Tony Bellman was a high school dropout who had no interest in higher education until an injury ended his 20-year career as an equipment operator. "After achieving my GED at Nicolet Area Technical College," he said, "I had the confidence to enroll in the college’s IT program. This has been the best decision I’ve made for myself and my family."


About the System:
The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) offers more than 300 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas and certificates. In addition, the System is the major provider of customized training and technical assistance to Wisconsin’s business and industry community. Nearly 370,000 individuals access the technical colleges for education and training each year. For the latest news, leader bios, multimedia and more, please visit our news room.