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Jennifer Parks-Tigert
Jennifer Parks-Tigert
Manager, Career Services

Jennifer has 10+ years’ experience providing career coaching and career-related services to a wide array of individuals—from those who were laid off, to the underemployed, to those just starting their career journey, and beyond. Jennifer holds a Masters’ Degree in Social Work and has worked with many social programs helping families and individuals work towards self-sufficiency. Higher education, career planning and job searching were always pivotal to her work as a social worker. Providing leadership to the Career Services team is inspiring. Serving customers – students, alumni and the general community – in an equitable manner, is her passion!

Christine Schillinger
Christine Schillinger
Career Advisor

Christine is certified and trained to facilitate career development with individuals by helping them learn about themselves, learn about jobs, make career choices and plans, and then carry out those plans. She helps enhance the employability skills of individuals through resume creation, interviewing skill development, and by creating a personal brand. Christine also has experience working with Nonprofit Organizations, Event Planning, Coaching, Organizational Development, and Volunteer Management. A strong community and social services professional, Christine holds a Bachelors’ Degree focused in Management/Communication from Concordia University-Wisconsin.

Kathleen Larkin
Kathleen Larkin
Career Advisor

An alumna of NWTC, Kathy is proud to now be employed at her alma mater as a Career Advisor. Kathy made a career change midway through life and received the encouragement and support she needed at NWTC. Now it’s her turn to assist others in their quest for career. Kathy enjoys working with people from all walks of life, and has experience assisting with people who have differing abilities. As Kathy says, “It is my goal to serve you to your highest expectation and help make your career goal a reality!”

Lauren Cram
Lauren Cram
Career Advisor

Lauren recently graduated with her Masters’ Degree in Counseling, Higher Education from Lakeland University. Lauren credits her own success and career direction directly to those advisors and mentors that helper her throughout her higher education journey. In becoming a Career Advisor at NWTC, it is her hope to give back to those who are looking to identify their NWTC education program or seek out a new and exciting career path. Her personal motto is, “Whatever you need, know that you do not have to begin it alone!”

Amy Smits
Amy Smits
Career Advisor

Amy has a strong passion for higher education, as she has worked at NWTC in two different capacities throughout her career: GED/Career Pathways instructor and now a Career Advisor.  Her whole philosophy in life is to help others help themselves, whether it’s to teach students to become problem solvers, critical thinkers, and lifelong learners, or assist students and community members to find their true passion and purpose to reach their professional goals.  Amy thrives on helping others and giving them the tools that they need to be successful, and every day she is grateful that she gets to touch the lives of so many for the better.  Amy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Michigan University.

Brad Zima
Brad Zima
Internship Coordinator

In his role as Internship Coordinator, Brad brings a creative and passionate approach to facilitating internships, and helping students and employers reach their career goals and objectives.

Allyson Baue
Allyson Baue
Earn and Learn Coordinator

As the Earn & Learn Coordinator (E&LC) in Career Services, Allyson works with both NWTC students in the Trades & Engineering programs as well as high school students taking advanced manufacturing, dual-credit courses. Allyson works with area employers to best align student career options to employer needs. In some cases, the employer helps provide a portion of tuition assistance and/or employ the student while attaining a degree. "Earn & Learn" simply means the student attends classes (perhaps tuition or books paid for) and is employed with a company who supports their school schedule.

Colleen Jessel
Colleen Jessel
Administrative Assistant

As a Career Services Assistant, Colleen serves as first point-of-contact for the wide variety of Career Services visitors. From scheduling appointments for Career Advisors, to working directly with students on resume and cover letter formatting, to helping Career Closet patrons, she quickly answers questions and efficiently facilitates the many connections a visitor may need.

Andrea Kush
Andrea Kush
Administrative Assistant

Andrea is always ready and able to connect visitors with the variety of services offered. She also assists with general office duties and provides staff support.

Genna Heintzkill
Genna Heintzkill
Administrative Assistant

Genna provides a customer service focus to the wide variety of services offered by Career Services. Genna goes where help is needed: scheduling appointments for career advisors, helping students navigate through the Career Closet, their resumes and also helps the manager with the department budget. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UWGB in Communications and recently obtained a certificate in Human Resource Compliance from NWTC! She is thrilled to be on this team; finding her passion by helping students succeed.

Edith Vazquez
Edith Vazquez
Administrative Assistant

Edith provides assistance to both customers and staff. From answering phones to setting up appointments and even working in the Career Closet. She is always willing help others and answer any questions.

Melinda Barber
Melinda Barber
Marketing Assistant

Melinda is the team’s creative guru working behind the scenes designing and assisting in the creation of Career Services marketing materials. She brings with her a marketing degree from UW-Oshkosh and nearly 10 years of related career experience to the team. She is also a student at NWTC studying Design & Graphic Technology, Web Design, and Digital Marketing.