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Steve Miller named WITC-Superior's 2013 Distinguished Alumni

WITC-Superior 2013 Distinguished Alumni – Steve Miller

(5/17/13): To look at Steve Miller by the numbers, you’d see the most important are 36, three and two, representing the years of marriage to his wife Cindy, their adult children, Jason, Shannon and Rena, and their grandbabies, Benjamin and Adalyn.  While his family may come first, they are not the only ones he strives to serve.

“My life has been an example of servanthood to others, and I really enjoy being in that place,” said Miller.

Miller has helped support the Superior area in far more ways than developing and instructing the industrial maintenance program at WITC-Superior for the last 18 years.  Prior to working at WITC, Miller worked at Georgia Pacific Corporation as a job skill assessor and served in the military. That’s where his paid work ends and his volunteer efforts begin.

He’s given 14 years to involvement in youth sports including coaching hockey, baseball and softball; more than 20 years of music at church and at events with his band “Vintage Revival” inspiring countless young people to join in on the melody along the way with their own voice and instruments. He has collected for the food shelves, worked with troubled youth and served on the planning committee for Superior’s CASDA’s 2013 New Year’s Eve event.

He and his wife Cindy, who is an admissions advisor at WITC-Superior, have also helped two students per year with their educational expenses through a scholarship for the last 10 years.

“I believe in technical education. It has set the foundation for my adult life,” said Miller.  “Learning takes a lifetime. Embrace it.”

Miller has himself embraced learning.  He has taken at least one class or workshop every year since 1974 when he stepped into the classroom as a student for the first time.  Throughout the years at WITC, he has earned a one-year and a two-year machine tool technician diploma (1975 and 1980), a one-year diploma in welding (1986), as well as an associate degree in technical studies (2001).

Miller’s fellow alumnus include his father Ray, facility maintenance diploma (1972), his sister Kathy, nursing diploma (1973), his sister Martha, clerk typist 1981, and his daughter Rena, cosmetology diploma (2005).

Doing more is what Miller has strived for and successfully done for his family, friends and community through the years and his graduation advice falls along the same lines.

“Try to figure out what your employer expects, and then give them more.”