Ashland Campus Living

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Make the most of your educational experience by getting involved in campus life. Getting involved in campus life and student organizations provides an experience that you can't get from the classroom. You'll have additional opportunities to develop professional connections, make lifelong friendships and participate in experiences that will better prepare you for your future career. 

Ashland Student Life

A part of the college experience.

Why get involved? 

Student life at Northwood Tech gives you all of the benefits of the college experience. Organizations like Student Senate and various program-related clubs can get you connected to your classmates, plus you'll learn more about yourself as you explore new experiences, take risks and expand your horizons. 


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Student Organizations

Run by students for the students. Northwood Tech offers a range of organizations and program-related clubs so you can connect with your classmates, network with industry professionals and advance your education to the next level. 

  • Alliance for Pride
    • The Northwood Alliance for Pride (NAP) offers students opportunities to connect with LGBTQIA+ students and allies across all of our campuses and to develop programming that increases visibility, awareness, and education about the LGBTQIA+ community.
    • Contact Club Advisor Sarah Mayhak
  • Alumni Association
    • The Alumni Association welcomes and encourages anyone who completed a Northwood Tech degree or diploma program, or any of Northwood Tech's courses, seminars or workshops to become a member of the Alumni Association. The Alumni Association meets periodically during the academic year, and there are no membership dues. 
    • Contact Club Advisor Brian Schroeder
  • Campus Activities Board (CAB)
    • CAB is a subsidiary organization of the Student Senate
    • Membership is open to any student currently enrolled in credit courses at Northwood Tech
    • CAB plans and hosts a variety of entertainment and events for all students to take part in, typically scheduled during Activity Hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30am-12:30pm 
    • CAB members receive certain extra rewards, such as attending leadership conferences
    • CAB members also gain valuable experience in selecting, contracting, planning and promoting events
    • This is a great way to share your ideas, build your resume and get to know your fellow students and staff
    • CAB meetings are held during activity hour, so you don’t have to miss class to attend
    • If you are interested in joining CAB, simply stop into the Student Life Office or just come to a meeting
    • Contact Club Advisor Jennifer Bednarik
  • Criminal Justice Studies
    • The purpose of the Criminal Justice Club is to provide an opportunity for professional growth in the field of corrections, giving participants experience in teamwork, organizational skills, leadership development, fun and excellence
    • Students assist with correction field workshops, educational fairs, and a variety of learning experiences
    • Contact Club Advisor Danna Livingston
  • Machine Tool Club
    • The Machine Tool Club offers opportunities for students to grow in trade experience and leadership. The purpose and reasons for this club are as follows:
      • To expose the students to a factory-like production run that they will experience in their trades
      • To encourage students to work together on a common project and goal
      • To let the students experience the advantages of running more than one part and the increased accuracy of the following parts after adjustments have been made
      • The students can make additional items to sell, and this money can be used for tooling that the students will use throughout their careers
      • The items that are sold will give the course recognition from the public, therefore giving the public a sample of what we can do or what someone they know can learn to do by selecting our course
      • To heighten student teamwork, involvement and engagement
    • Contact Club Advisor Carl Anderson
  • Marine Repair Technician (MRT) Club
    • The Marine Repair Technician Club provides students with the opportunity to grow and prepare for careers in the marine repair field. As a club member you will:
      • Develop a better understanding of the profession
      • Participate in fundraising activities to attend conferences and/or workshops
      • Obtain insight regarding lifetime careers and advancement opportunities in the marine repair profession
      • Be given opportunities to interact with faculty and professionals in the marine field
      • Serve as an advocate for the MRT program to the Ashland community through civic outreach and interaction
    • Contact Club Advisor Brian Johnston
  • Nursing Club
    • The purpose of the Nursing Club at is to promote leadership in nursing, camaraderie within the club and encourage community involvement. You will be allowed an opportunity to appreciate and implement the unenforceable obligations of citizenship, while providing for mental and physical health through satisfactory social and recreational activities. As a member, you will:
      • Develop leadership skills in the field of nursing
      • Develop a sense of individual responsibility
      • Obtain opportunities for intelligent career choices
      • Respect the use of ethical practices in nursing and life experiences
      • Engender a healthy respect for education
      • Create and nurture an understanding of our community involvement in the nursing role and help in establishing volunteer experiences
      • Develop an appreciation of civic and social obligations of those engaged in nursing
    • Contact Club Advisor 
  • Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA)
    • SOTA is open to all students enrolled (full- or part-time) in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Northwood Tech. As a SOTA member, you will:
      • Develop leadership skills through participation in club activities, or as a club officer
      • Meet, work and enjoy social activities with students from other campuses in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Northwood Tech
      • Enhance your job placement opportunities through insights from speakers, workshops and field trips
      • Work with local health care providers in the area to plan and coordinate special events
    • Contact Club Advisor Anna Polzin
  • Student Senate
    • The Student Senate is the students' voice of Northwood Tech. Our mission is to represent the interests of all students and encourage them to become involved on campus. If you are interested in joining, please contact Jennifer Bednarik. Each fall we have elections for a Student Senate President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Public Relations/Marketing officers. These officer positions are open to all currently enrolled students. 
    • Contact Club Advisor Jennifer Bednarik
  • Welding Club
    • The welding club provides more opportunity for students to fabricate, complete projects for the community, while increasing community awareness of welding occupations.
    • Contact Club Advisor Steve Geiger


The Ashland campus is near some of Wisconsin's most breathtaking scenery. Pine forests give way to rocky cliffs that descend to the clean beaches of the largest Great Lake. The campus is centrally located to many area recreational attractions.


Area housing for Northwood Tech students is available through Northland College. For more information regarding area housing contact Ashland's Student Services or Northland College call:

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Ashland Canteen Services

Food service is available in the form of a college a la carte cafeteria located in the student lounge. 

Food Service

The college cafeteria, Canteen, offers daily specials. 


Monday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

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Arts and Culture

Known as the "Historic Mural Capital of Wisconsin," Ashland's pride in its rich history is evident in its 18 vibrant murals highlighting a particular aspect of the city's soulful past, depicting subjects ranging from the city's lumberjacks and military veterans to its railroads, storefronts and former massive ore dock. After checking out the "mural walk" on Main Street, you can take a walk on the Waterfront Trail, check out Prentice Park, visit one of the many beaches in town, or participate in one of the many festivals or events held throughout the year. 

Ashland is a recreational playground for hunters, anglers, boaters, skiers, snowmobilers, hikers, bikers, kayakers, campers and anyone who enjoys the outdoors. The campus is centrally located to many area recreational attractions including the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, thousands of acres of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, countless pristine inland lakes, ice caves, beaches, lighthouses, waterfalls and miles of rivers and streams. 

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Northwood Tech does not provide childcare services. Please visit the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families to search services in your area. You may also check your local county Human Services or Social Services department for a list of licensed childcare providers. 

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