WITC Foundation receives $25,000 donation
(11/26/13): When JoAnn Martin taught English at WITC-Rice
Lake from 2000 to 2006, it reminded her of the years she was a college student
and the financial challenges she had faced. There were Pell Grants and loans,
and some scholarships, but there were students who still found it hard
to come up with the extra dollars to pay for books and other supplies
they needed for their classes.
Martin lived and also taught in
Spooner, Wis. Throughout the years, she owned two businesses, rewarded local teens for good
grades and taught communication skills and English as a second language to
adults. In 2012, she and her husband, Andrew Licata, moved to New Jersey where
he had grown up.
Sadly, Martin was diagnosed with
cancer in December, 2012, and she passed away this September.
Looking back during her last few
months, she knew she wanted to provide for those WITC students who had just a
few hundred dollars standing in the way of their graduation. It was her decision
that upon her death WITC receive $25,000 to start the JoAnn Martin Supplies and
Textbook Fund. This amount will establish an endowed fund that will generate
$1,250 each year for the purpose of helping promising students defray the cost of
course materials they need.
“It’s a great honor to present
$25,000 to WITC in honor of an incredible woman,” said Licata at a recent WITC-Rice
Lake all-staff meeting as he presented the check to Craig Fowler, Executive
Director of the Foundation and Campus Administrator at the Rice Lake campus.
The WITC Foundation is a 501C3
non-profit organization established to encourage the success and achievement of
WITC students, staff, faculty, and alumni