Ross, a Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Supply Chain Management student
and nine-year member of the Army National Guard, has been chosen as the NWTC District Ambassador for the 2014-2015 school year.
The District Ambassador Program recognizes and rewards outstanding students in the Wisconsin
Technical College System.
her time at NWTC, Ross has pursued leadership opportunities across the college and displayed a passion for community service.
She currently serves as the secretary and Student Senate representative for the
Student Veterans Association as well as the Supply Chain Management Club, and
is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
“I am so
pleased that Jennifer was chosen as NWTC’s District Ambassador for 2014-2015,”
said Joseph Richter, Student Involvement supervisor.
believe Jennifer’s leadership abilities, unique skillset, and passion to serve
others set her apart from a very impressive group of District Ambassador
nominations. These attributes will serve Jennifer well over the next year as
she represents the greater NWTC community.”
Creating a Better Community
impact at NWTC has already extended beyond the classroom. She was a team member
on several prominent NWTC service-learning projects that combined
community-service and hands-on supply chain management experience. “Chemo Ducks”
provided stuffed animals and support to children with cancer, while “Patriot
Smiles” unfolded over the fall 2013 semester with a series of projects to help
active-duty service members, veterans and their families. She also has worked
in fundraising and advocacy for Altrusa House in Green Bay.
Hansen is a NWTC Supply Chain Management instructor and serves as club advisor.
She’s worked closely with Ross since she officially began her program in
Jenn continues to push herself through everyday challenges, I know she will be
great in serving her fellow students and State District Ambassadors, her
community, and student veterans,” said Hansen.
to Jenn for her accomplishments and for pursuing her dreams.”
Veterans in the Classroom
Ross has also been working
with college administrators to launch a program to educate NWTC faculty and
staff on working with veterans and active-duty service members on campus. The
pilot program of Veterans in the
Classroom launches in June 2014. The continuing education course will
address PTSD, and methods for better integrating veterans into campus and
“I can take my experience at
NWTC, and my experience in the military, and I can use it for something good,”
said Ross. “We’ll be talking about behavior, warning signs for PTSD, and
triggers. Sometimes veterans may not even know they need help, and this class
A System of Support
who works as an automated logistics specialist in the military and is a mother of three, hopes her
experience returning to college can be a helpful lesson for veterans and others
as NWTC’s District Ambassador.
“My goal is not just to
share my experience with current students, but to get out to the veteran
population, the minority population and others to say, ‘if I can do it, you can
do it,’” she said.
“Nobody has to be afraid of
whatever challenges they may have, because there’s a system here. You have an
entire team of people rooting for you.”
“I’ve realized that if I can
get through this, I can get through anything."
About the State Ambassador Program: As
NWTC’s District Ambassador, Ross will represent the College at functions
throughout the year, including the May and December commencement ceremonies,
the WTCS Ambassador Program in Madison and events throughout the
each of the 16 technical college districts in Wisconsin selects one student to
be its WTCS Ambassador. These 16 State Ambassadors represent the
nearly half million students in the Wisconsin Technical College System.