Northeast Wisconsin Technical College sent four students to the State Capitol in Madison on Feb. 21 as part of a statewide showcase of Service-Learning.
The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) held the Student Showcase event today at the State Capitol to highlight student projects that demonstrate technical college ties to industry, as well as the value of service-learning opportunities to communities throughout the state.
NWTC was represented by Lane Kapla and Philani Mnyingwa, whose service-learning project for Carpentry program is helping individuals with disabilities explore their surroundings and their potential. Instructor Jeff Schlag’s class built the cabins for Camp Daniel. Masonry apprentices Matthew Kaczmarek and Devin Ziegler will also represent the college. Their class built a new concession stand at the Arnie Wolf Sports Complex in Green Bay, guided by instructor David Pryes. The apprentices spent every Friday in the fall semester building the structure. The complex is named after Arnie Wolf, a Green Bay firefighter who died in the line of duty in 2006.
“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.”
"These students spent the day showcasing their talent and their programs or projects," said System President Dr. Morna Foy. "They have set out on a path and most will leave with a valuable credential and a career in their chosen field, many with little or no debt," Foy said.
Wisconsin's technical college students gather each year at the Capitol to highlight education programs, community service and the economic impact of the colleges. Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch addressed the students during the showcase, saying "Wisconsin has earned a global reputation for excellence in technical education, and that starts with the students at our 16 technical colleges. I am excited to meet with you today to learn firsthand about your projects, many of which could someday lead to new homegrown Wisconsin businesses."
Each year, well over 80% of technical college graduates stay to live and work in Wisconsin in careers directly related to the training they completed. "A technical college degree is a launch pad for our students to start a great career and have an immediate economic impact," said Foy. "About half of our 2015 graduates started with an annual salary of more than $40,000." Foy expects to receive the results for 2016 graduates sometime in April.
About the Wisconsin Technical College System
The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) offers more than 400 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas and certificates. In addition, the System is the major provider of customized business solutions and technical assistance to Wisconsin employers. More than 300,000 individuals access the technical colleges each year. Online: www.wtcsystem.edu.