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WITC Foundation receives $25,000 donation

Craig Fowler, left, Executive Director of the WITC Foundation and Rice Lake Campus Administrator, with Andrew Licata, holding a picture of his late wife, JoAnn Martin, who donated $25,000 to the WITC Foundation.

(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.

Its 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