2019 Distinguished Alumni
The WITC Distinguished Alumni Award was created to honor career achievement and community service. Annually since 1992, WITC has presented Distinguished Alumni Awards to outstanding diploma and degree graduates. Alumni selected for the award have distinguished themselves professionally in their careers and have demonstrated extensive service to the college and their community.
Laura is a 1999 graduate of the Administrative and Training Specialist program at WITC-Ashland and currently works at her alma mater as the Director of Enrollment. She initially attended WITC right out of high school and earned a technical diploma that enabled her to obtain her first "real" job in the community. Years later and with more experience, she came back and became an employee of the college and was able to earn her associate degree while working. Now, 32 years later and looking to retire, Laura feels that she never stopped learning and actually "grew-up" with WITC!
Laura serves her community through various events to including Bay Days, Book Across the Bay, the Ashland Home Show and the Whistlestop races. She also serves as a greeter and fundraiser at her church.
Jeff is a 2011 graduate of the Leadership Development/Supervisory Management program at WITC-New Richmond. He currently serves as the Senior Manager of Logistics Services for Verizon Wireless. While at WITC, he was also on active duty with the United States Army. Once he graduated from WITC, Jeff immediately enrolled in UW Stout, who transferred all of his credits without fail. He maintains his connection to WITC by serving as a member of the Leadership Development Advisory Committee and participating in the monthly Leadership Development Webinars.
Jeff serves as the volunteer coordinator for Verizon in Minneapolis where he and his group volunteer weekly at the Minneapolis Veteran's home in addition to serving numerous other organizations. He also volunteers with the American Red Cross and Disaster Assistance Team.
Perry is a 2003 graduate of the Construction and Cabinetmaking program at WITC-Rice Lake. He currently serves as the General Superintendent for Hoeft Builders where he manages 8 carpenters, 12 superintendents and helps oversee the progress of $60 million in construction projects annually. While attending WITC, Perry was part of the group that built the first house project in Roux park. He has also worked part-time as an Assistant Instructor at WITC where he helped with instruction for the Construction and Cabinetmaking house project.
Perry's position at Hoeft Builders has allowed him to serve his community through numerous projects working with organizations such as the Children's Museum of Eau Claire and the Boys and Girls Club. He currently employs two WITC grads and seeks out fellow alumni when an increase in work force is needed.
Amber is a 2013 graduate of the Human Services Program at WITC-Superior. The program encouraged her to seek out community engagement, which initially led her to CASDA (Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse). Her volunteer work there turned into a career by graduation—she was hired as Shelter Case Manager and then moved to Sexual Assault Program Coordinator, both positions that enabled her to pursue her passion for helping others.
Currently, she works as the Deputy Clerk of Court with Douglas County, where she is exploring ways to influence lives in new ways and effect change from a different perspective. Her background in Human Services and her experience allows her the time to dedicate herself on a new level to the Superior community.