Student projects to be showcased at the State Capitol

Monday February 15, 2016
GREEN BAY – Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) is sending nine students to the State Capitol in Madison Tuesday as part of a statewide showcase of service learning. More than 60 students representing all 16 Wisconsin technical colleges are participating in the event.

Each February, the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Student Showcase highlights a number of service learning projects benefitting communities large and small throughout Wisconsin. Technical college students - despite hectic work, school and family schedules - routinely find ways to combine skills enhancement with community service under the guidance of faculty, advisors and community partners.

NWTC will be represented by Blaise Reed, Nick Richardson, Chris Banard, Ryan Russells, Colin Sanders, and Mike Maki, whose service-learning project for Electrical Power Distribution and Gas Utility classes allow cross-country skiers to enjoy skiing at night. The students installed lights along two miles of ski trails at the Reforestation Camp in Brown County. Study Abroad students Ashlee Campos, Jaci Anderson, and Allison Fritsch, who studied in Belize, China and Thailand, will also represent the College. NWTC's study abroad programs combine international travel with high quality academic experiences. Students gain appreciation for other cultures while becoming globally competent and prepared for their respective career fields in an interconnected world.

“Our students possess not only the technical skills to help employers compete and expand,” said NWTC president H. Jeffrey Rafn, “they also consistently demonstrate the leadership skills needed to succeed in the workplace and in the community.”

 "The highlighted projects demonstrate how our students often combine learning with working, community service, outreach and entrepreneurship. While many of our students balance work, family and school, they also consistently find time to give back to their communities," said Dr. Morna Foy, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System. 

The students will be talking about their project with state legislators and other visitors Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Wisconsin Technical College System President Morna Foy will offer brief remarks at 12:30 p.m.

The WTCS Student Showcase is an annual event designed to increase awareness of the many ways Wisconsin’s technical college students give back to their communities as part of their educational experience.

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