NWTC nationally honored for service-learning

From fixing up a minivan for a non-profit to easing children’s’ minds as they enter the hospital, service-learning at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College has become a staple for students, faculty and the community. 

Now, the College is nationally recognized on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in the areas of economic opportunity, education and general community service. Each year the honor roll highlights colleges and universities for their role in helping solve community problems and encouraging students to serve their community. 

 “Service-learning is a unique, high impact method of teaching and learning due to its experiential nature and reciprocity,” said Rachel Aderholdt, NWTC service-learning specialist.

She added on one hand, you have students gaining hands on experience relating to the career field they are pursuing. On the other, students have the opportunity to meet real needs and strengthen our communities.

Service-learning projects have long been a strong part of NWTC and the popularity of the projects has significantly increased over the years. During the 2014 – 2015 academic year, students and staff completed 350 projects for over 150 non-profits and businesses across northeast Wisconsin – compared to 64 projects in 2007. 

“Having the hands on, real world experience is so beneficial. What makes it even more meaningful is knowing that we are helping the community and making a difference, “ said Katelyn Schiltz, NWTC 2015 graduate
Knowing they are making a difference is an opportunity like no other for NWTC students and the northeast Wisconsin community.

 “The student’s take more pride in their work when they see that they’re solving real problems and producing tangible outcomes. It’s a valuable experience that many will carry with them beyond their time at NWTC, and for the rest of their lives,” said Aderholdt.

Students participating in Service Learning projects

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