Telling the story of Wisconsin's technical colleges
Each of Wisconsin's 16 technical colleges selects one student every year to participate in a leadership development and recognition program sponsored by Baird, a global, employee-owned, Milwaukee-based financial services firm.
After a day of team-building and leadership development, the students are celebrated at a formal banquet attended by family members, System and college leaders and other invited guests. There, the students receive an award and scholarship and share stories of determination, perseverance and success.
It quickly becomes clear how – having gained technical skills and the ability to apply critical thinking and creativity as part of a team – technical college graduates balance career and family with community leadership.
Following the banquet, the students officially serve as WTCS Ambassadors for one year and, unofficially, for a lifetime.