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Leadership Development Grad Returns at Age 51

Michael Wickman

Michael Wickman

Marinette Leadership Development Graduate

I found everything I was looking for at NWTC. I chose my program because I was looking for a change; I had spent 20 years working in the maintenance field, and realized that it is a field best suited for the young. The older I got, the harder it seemed to accomplish tasks that had always been easy for me. I wanted to find a way to still be an asset to my company, and after considering many different options I chose to enter the supervisory field.

My experience at NWTC has been great. The instructors have been fantastic. They gave me all the support and encouragement I needed to succeed. They continued to challenge me to make me a better person. I was able to tailor my classes locally to best fit my busy work schedule, which allowed me to attend most of my classes at night to complete my degree.

I am already employed in my field. In fact, I accepted a supervisor position within my company about a year and a half after entering the program.

My advice to future NWTC students: Don’t let your age or work hours deter you from getting a better education. You are never too old to learn something new. The minor inconveniences you may experience to get your education are nothing compared to the rewards you will gain when you obtain your degree.

As an adult returning to college at the age of 51, the biggest obstacles I had to overcome were scheduling classes around my busy work schedule and getting used to being back in school after 30 years. My perseverance and work ethic paid off when I was recognized as the Leadership Development Outstanding Program Student for 2015-2016. 

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