Immediately after graduating from WITC, Susan Hammond landed a job with a Minneapolis company. Having earned her Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) designation led to a job as a professional assistant for the CEO of a large brokerage firm. Susan continued her life-long learning journey earning both Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Recruited to work as an office manager for the Tonka Equipment Company, she is now Vice President of Finance and Administration and supervises 11 people. "Now it's my turn to make a difference in their lives,” she says. Susan is responsible for network administration, human resources and benefits, accounting facilities, and business insurance while she also assists the CEO with planning and corporate management.
"Going to WITC was probably one of the best decisions in my life," says Kelly Isaacson. Kelly admits that prior to starting her education she had a negative view of WITC. "Oh, it's just a tech school,” she says. “I had this perception that the work would be easy, that I would gain some new skills and be on my way." Kelly walked into her first class and knew she was going to learn more than she thought possible. "Through my classes, I not only learned valuable new skills, but I was constantly challenged to stretch my abilities,” she says. “WITC has provided me with the self-confidence and the skills necessary to succeed in my field. I will always be grateful to the staff for giving me the confidence and courage to go after and accomplish my dreams."
"After completing my associate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Barron County, I was off to a 4-year college institution to pursue a management degree," says Toni Sadtler. It was there that I felt like a number and was never really comfortable with my place on campus. Through my three years in college, I had work study jobs performing secretarial duties in offices or the library. While there I received a call from a friend asking me to enroll with her in the Administrative [Professional] class at WITC. Prior to then, I didn’t even give technical school a thought! It was one of the most life-changing decisions that I have made and will never regret – or would you!
From enrollment to graduation, the staff at WITC was overwhelmingly helpful and there for you. You’re not “just a number” anymore. You are a student striving to do your best and a friend to your professors. They personally care about you and your well-being. The classes within the Administrative [Professional] Program made me the person I am today. I am now the Supervisor of Administrative Support with a team of employees and the Executive Assistant to a Vice President at a healthcare facility. I am very proud to say that I gained my knowledge, confidence and experience through WITC in Rice Lake.
I met with Mrs. Kelly Sylte over the summer of 2007 to discuss furthering my education in the Administrative Assistant program at WITC, New Richmond campus. She was so helpful, accommodating, and informative about the program, that I took the next steps to enroll, and am glad that I did!
At the time I was working the graveyard shift at a factory, as I had for over five years, making $9.25 an hour. The school schedule was flexible, so I was able to continue working full-time and attend classes as a part-time student for the bulk of my classes. I was then fortunate enough to be able to leave my job and focus entirely on education, and was able to complete the required credits in another one and a half semesters.
My Associate of Applied Science degree from the Administrative Assistant program was able to open the hypothetical door that was keeping me locked on the production floor, and moved me into the comfort of the office. My degree also helped me beat out competition for entry-level office jobs, which in turn got my foot in the door and the experience I needed to apply for and get better paying jobs.
Within two years from graduating from the Administrative Assistant program, I watched my benefits improve and pay increase by over 30 percent, enjoyed my hours being “normal,” and the working environment go from dismal to delightful. I have been at the office job with the law firm that granted me those improvements for a couple weeks shy of two years now.
The beauty of the program is that it has been crafted and is instructed by those who have been in the field, so you know that you are getting information that is pertinent to the career field and not a lot of “fluff.” Furthermore, the two-year degree may be used towards attaining a four-year degree at a later time. Currently I am looking to use mine to fill the pre-requisites for the paralegal certificate program at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Go Tar Heels!