2018 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.
Katie is a 2013 graduate of the Early Childhood Education program at WITC-Ashland. She went on to pursue her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and is currently employed as in Elementary Teacher with the Spooner Area School District. The Wisconsin Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (WACTE) and the Meemic Foundation recognized Katie for her professional excellence with the Early Career Educator Award which is given to only 27 teachers from the state of Wisconsin.
In addition to her education career, Katie serves her community through church involvement, choir, Parent and Teacher Association, Math and Reading nights for parents and families as well as the after school program in Spooner. Katie continues to actively promote WITC by sharing her educational path with others and interested students.
Patty is both a former student and current WITC instructor. As a 1989 graduate of the Emergency Medical Technician program, Patty jumped right into the field working as a first responder and EMT. She currently works as the St. Croix County chief medical examiner and is co-founder of the Suicide Prevention Task Force of St. Croix County.
Patty also serves her community as the District 10 State Senator, Somerset School Board member and member of numerous other local boards. She believes in and advocates for technical colleges and their ability to teach students valuable, high-demand skills at affordable tuition rates.
Saranae is a graduate of the Associate Degree Nursing program at WITC-Superior. She went on to become certified in Inpatient OB care, and has been employed as an RN at the Birthing Center at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, MN for the past 11 years. Saranae also teaches classes to the public, including a Birthing Class, CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation.
Saranae is also very involved in her community: she serves on the WITC-Superior Alumni Board, Bryant Elementary PTO and is active in the Superior Area Hockey Association. She also loves to advocate for the WITC nursing program, telling of the great instructors and superb hands-on experience that the students gain.