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Tech College System recognizes student ambassadors

April 19, 2018 | Conor Smyth

Madison, WI – The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) recognized 16 outstanding technical college students as “State Ambassadors” at a ceremony in Madison on Wednesday evening, in the midst of a two-day leadership development experience. The students will champion opportunities in technical education at events and in publications throughout the coming year.

“Our students are leaders at school, in the workplace and in the community,” said WTCS President Dr. Morna K. Foy. “This program and these 16 individuals exemplify that.”

Baird, an employee-owned, international financial services firm headquartered in Milwaukee, has sponsored the WTCS State Ambassador program since its inception more than a decade ago.

“We’re proud of Wisconsin’s technical colleges and recognize what they do for the state’s economy,” said Lisa Voisin, a managing director with Baird’s Public Finance Team. “Tech college talent is highly valued across economic sectors. Baird is committed to supporting these students and the opportunities provided by our technical colleges,” Voisin said.

The ambassadors’ backgrounds include traditional students attending college immediately following high school graduation, as well as those returning for additional education mid-career, or changing careers.

One of the program’s objectives is to develop greater public awareness and appreciation for the role and value of technical education for individuals, employers and the state's economy.

This 2018 WTCS State Ambassadors are:

Lindsay Franklin, Business Management – Blackhawk Technical College
Amanda McKay, Marketing – Chippewa Valley Technical College
Thong Xiong, Early Childhood Education – Fox Valley Technical College
Keydi Osorio, Marketing – Gateway Technical College
Tsion Purtell, Early Childhood Education – Lakeshore Technical College
Andrea Long, Liberal Arts – Madison College
Dakota Lockhart, Nursing – Mid-State Technical College
Hunter Burazin, Electronic Engineering Technology – Milwaukee Area Technical College
Aurelio Rosas, Medical Office Management – Moraine Park Technical College
John Graetz, IT – Computer Support Specialist – Nicolet College
Tom Nienow, Nursing – Northcentral Technical College
Ronald Zittlow, Jr., Marketing – Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Melissa Arevalo, Culinary Arts – Southwest Tech
Max Czechowski, Automation Systems Technology – Waukesha County Technical College
Alyssa Boardman, Human Resource Management – Western Technical College
Chelsi Pacholke, Early Childhood Education – Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College



Baird is an employee-owned, international wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Established in 1919, Baird has approximately 3,500 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird has more than $200 billion in client assets as of Dec. 31, 2017. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 12 on FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2018 – its 15th consecutive year on the list. Baird is the marketing name of Baird Financial Group. Baird’s principal operating subsidiaries are Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated in the United States and Robert W. Baird Group Ltd. in Europe. Baird also has an operating subsidiary in Asia supporting Baird’s investment banking and private equity operations.

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