Scholars and Leaders
Every spring, a student from each of Wisconsin's 16 technical colleges is recognized at a banquet sponsored by Baird Public Finance, a Milwaukee-based financial services firm.
After a day of team-building and leadership development, the students are celebrated at a formal banquet attended by family members, System and college leaders and other invited guests. There, the students receive an award and scholarship and share stories of determination, perseverance and success.
It quickly becomes clear how – having gained technical skills and the ability to apply critical thinking and creativity as part of a team – technical college graduates balance career and family with community leadership.
Following the banquet, the students officially serve as WTCS Ambassadors for one year and, unofficially, for a lifetime. The objectives of the WTCS Ambassador program are to:
foster public awareness and appreciation for the high-quality System of technical education that contributes to the state's economy and its communities;
highlight the technical skills, academic achievements, community impact and leadership – in the classroom, workplace and community – of Wisconsin’s technical college students and graduates;
encourage ongoing collaboration in the delivery of technical education among state and local education, workforce and economic development, and industry partners;
emphasize the uniquely valuable role of affordable, flexible and responsive technical education in an era of rapid change in the workplace and in every facet of a modern economy; and
inspire pride in technical education among students, graduates and all involved in its delivery.
2018 WTCS Ambassador Max Czechowski talks about earning college credit while in High School at Waukesha County Technical College.
Hear 2017 WTCS Ambassador Shannon Schultz share his journey through Fox Valley Technical College.
Listen to 2017 Ambassador Amanda Coughlin talk about her experiences at Western Technical College
Watch 2017 WTCS Ambassador Brandon Roberson's story of success at Mid-State Technical College
Hear 2016 WTCS Ambassador Tanya Kranski speak about her experience attending Northcentral Technical College.
Hear 2016 WTCS Ambassador Katie Bautista recount her experiences attending Blackhawk Technical College
Hear 2016 WTCS Ambassador Richard Faith talk about his experiences attending Waukesha County Technical College
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Additional conversations with 2015 Ambassadors can be viewed here.