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 Returning student receives first NWTC STAR Award


 Rodee Schneider


Mary Jo Trout may technically be graduating from Lakeshore Technical College this May, but she said her education at NWTC is where shes truly found inspiration.

On Thursday, February 27, Trout was honored by NWTC faculty with the first-ever STAR Award, which recognizes an outstanding student who exemplifies and lives out the colleges values. Over the last several years, the Allouez resident has taken nearly all of her core classes at NWTC in Green Bay while completing requirements for her degree in Pharmacy Services Management. Her return to school came after a forced layoff from her job in the medical industry.

Andrew Clark, an instructor in NWTCs Leadership Development program, says Trouts ability to shine under less than ideal circumstances is inspiring.

Mary Jo has shown that she can reinvent herself. She goes above and beyond and is a leader in the classroom. Shes a model for what all of us are capable of,said Clark.

For Trouts part, her experience at the college has opened her eyes to a new world of career possibilities. And a passion for helping others.

The faculty at NWTC has really inspired me, she said. Ive loved my classes and Ive discovered that Im really a cheerleader. I like to mentor people and I want to bring out the best in others. Ive learned so much during my time here.

The STAR Award, which stands for Successful Through Adversity with Resilience, was created as part of a class project in a Human Resources Management class. Any student at NWTC is eligible for the award, which includes a certificate and a medal.

For more information on nominating a student for the STAR Award, contact Instructor Andrew Clark at