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 Jennifer Ross named 2014 NWTC District Ambassador


 Rodee Schneider


Jennifer 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.

RossSmaller.jpgDuring 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. 

“I 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

Ross’ 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.

Angela 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 January 2013.

“While 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.

“Congratulations 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 civilian life.

“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 addresses that.

A System of Support

Ross, 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 district.

Every year, 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.