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

Jennifer has years of 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 Master’s 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. Additionally, one of Jennifer’s internships in college was at UW-Green Bay’s Career Center providing job search assistance and services to students; funny how things come full circle in one’s career journey. She finds leading the Career Services team at the college fun and inspiring. Serving customers – students, alumni and the general community – in an equitable manner, is her passion and she can’t wait to meet you.

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.

Lauren Cram
Lauren Cram
Career Advisor

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Lauren holds a Masters’ Degree in Counseling, with an emphasis in Higher Education from Lakeland University. She credits her own success and career direction directly to those advisors and mentors that helped 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
Internship Coordinator

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
Career Advisor

In his role as a Career Advisor, Brad brings a creative and passionate approach to supporting students in reaching their career goals and employers in searching for talent. Some areas of specialty for him are proactive job search, and internships and experiential learning, and personal branding.

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.

Mary Karchinski
Mary Karchinski
Office Coordinator

Mary came to NWTC with 9+ years of leadership and administrative experience and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in coordination of offices and systems. Her focus is on quality of care and making sure the Career Services office operates successfully. She is responsible for staff scheduling, process improvement changes, managing daily work flow, facilitating conferences/meetings, providing training, budgeting, etc. Mary leads the work of the front desk team and is the “super user” for Handshake. Additionally, Mary is a student at NWTC working on her Associate Degree in Leadership Development and will graduate in December 2022.

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
Career Advisor

Genna has a strong desire to help others. She has found her passion working for NWTC, helping current students, alumni and community members navigate their professional and educational goals. Genna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Conflict Resolution from University of Wisconsin Green-Bay and recently obtained a certificate in Human Resource Compliance from NWTC.

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.