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Katy Hansen
Katy Hansen

Katy Hansen

Medical Administrative Professional

Juggling family and school. 

Katy is a stay-at-home mom while attending school full time. For Katy, the online classes provide the flexibility for her to continue her education while managing the household duties. 

Never too late. 

Katy was salutatorian of her high school class. She attended a couple other colleges after high school, but she had to put a pause on her education due to financial reasons. Over 20 years later, Katy reflected on her future and decided it was the right time to continue her educational journey.

Finding the right career fit.

The Medical Administrative Professional program made sense for Katy because it combined her interest in healthcare and her skills in customer service, technology and critical thinking along with medical office knowledge. When she graduates, she hopes to find a position at a local healthcare facility. 

Being human and accepting others. 

Katy's life experiences have taught her to be empathetic and adaptable. She believes that life will never be 100% easy, but it will never be 100% hard either. Katy has learned to focus on the things that can be changed and to keep plugging away at them. 


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Mike Kelly
Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

IT - Cybersecurity Specialist

Building a better future. 

Mike began to think more about his future after his first daughter was born. Now, a proud father of two, Mike is juggling his family life along with working, attending school and extra-curricular activities. Although it can all get stressful at times, Mike has a clear goal in mind. He wants to provide a better future for himself and his family, and that is what drives him, even through the toughest of times. 

Discovering his passion. 

Mike didn't always know he wanted to study computers. In fact, he has worked and studied in a variety of other fields before landing at Northwood Tech. He studied guitar building and repair after high school and has worked in various management and customer service positions over the years. He started looking at IT as a potential career because he knew it was in high demand, and he had a passion for computers and technology. 

Working while in school. 

The IT field continues to grow and expand, so Mike wants to keep his options open for his future career. While he may continue his education to obtain a bachelor's degree, for now, he plans to work in his current position as a systems technician with a local employer. This experience allows Mike to take what he learns in the classroom and immediately put it to use on-the-job. 

Learning from the best. 

Mike's favorite part about his experience at Northwood Tech is the instructors. They are all experienced in the field and are great mentors to Mike. Their passion shows through in the classroom, and they always push Mike and the other students to be the best they can be. 


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Grace Long
Grace Long

Grace Long

Veterinary Technician

Strong support system. 

In addition to her classwork, Grace also works at a mixed animal practice, is president of the Student Chapter National Association of Veterinary Technician in America, and is the Animal Care and Enrichment lead for the Veterinary Technician program. This workload can be stressful, so Grace makes sure she has a strong support system of classmates, teachers, friends and family members to help get her through the tough times. 

Communication is key. 

Grace is a hands-on learner. She struggled with lecture-style classes when she first started college. To overcome this challenge, Grace made sure to communicate with her instructors about how to study for lecture topics. They took the time to help Grace figure out the best way for her to learn so she could succeed. 

Going further faster. 

Grace chose the technical college route because she knew the classes would be more specific toward her desired career path. By starting at Northwood Tech, Grace is able to get into the field faster with the opportunity to further her education in the future. 

Continuing her education.

When Grace graduates, she plans to work in a general practice for a couple of years before furthering her education and becoming a veterinary technician specialist in emergency medicine and oncology. Her long-term goal is to eventually educate others to become wonderful technicians. 


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Tyler Little
Tyler Little

Tyler Little

Automotive Service Technician

In the family. 

Tyler's father went through the Northwood Tech automotive program years ago, and the set of skills that he achieved were perfect for Tyler's goals as well. 

Finding his calling. 

After high school, Tyler knew what he wanted to do but didn't immediately follow that calling. He believes that's why he found himself jumping around to various positions over the years. It wasn't until he started an internship as a technician that inspired him to pursue the Automotive Service Technician program. 

Learning to learn.

According to Tyler, he was never the "bookworm" in school but he always did his work. Learning to become a student again has been a challenge, but his goal is to prove that he can listen, retain and put information to use that he is learning in the classroom. He wants to perform tasks to the best of his ability and take accountability for his mistakes when they are made. 

Leading the way. 

According to Tyler, he is a natural-born leader. In stressful situations, he has the confidence to solve any challenge that comes his way. He hopes to prove his competency in his chosen field and gain the trust of his boss in his current position. 


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Juggling family and school. 

Katy is a stay-at-home mom while attending school full time. For Katy, the online classes provide the flexibility for her to continue her education while managing the household duties. 

Never too late. 

Katy was salutatorian of her high school class. She attended a couple other colleges after high school, but she had to put a pause on her education due to financial reasons. Over 20 years later, Katy reflected on her future and decided it was the right time to continue her educational journey.

Finding the right career fit.

The Medical Administrative Professional program made sense for Katy because it combined her interest in healthcare and her skills in customer service, technology and critical thinking along with medical office knowledge. When she graduates, she hopes to find a position at a local healthcare facility. 

Being human and accepting others. 

Katy's life experiences have taught her to be empathetic and adaptable. She believes that life will never be 100% easy, but it will never be 100% hard either. Katy has learned to focus on the things that can be changed and to keep plugging away at them. 


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Building a better future. 

Mike began to think more about his future after his first daughter was born. Now, a proud father of two, Mike is juggling his family life along with working, attending school and extra-curricular activities. Although it can all get stressful at times, Mike has a clear goal in mind. He wants to provide a better future for himself and his family, and that is what drives him, even through the toughest of times. 

Discovering his passion. 

Mike didn't always know he wanted to study computers. In fact, he has worked and studied in a variety of other fields before landing at Northwood Tech. He studied guitar building and repair after high school and has worked in various management and customer service positions over the years. He started looking at IT as a potential career because he knew it was in high demand, and he had a passion for computers and technology. 

Working while in school. 

The IT field continues to grow and expand, so Mike wants to keep his options open for his future career. While he may continue his education to obtain a bachelor's degree, for now, he plans to work in his current position as a systems technician with a local employer. This experience allows Mike to take what he learns in the classroom and immediately put it to use on-the-job. 

Learning from the best. 

Mike's favorite part about his experience at Northwood Tech is the instructors. They are all experienced in the field and are great mentors to Mike. Their passion shows through in the classroom, and they always push Mike and the other students to be the best they can be. 


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Strong support system. 

In addition to her classwork, Grace also works at a mixed animal practice, is president of the Student Chapter National Association of Veterinary Technician in America, and is the Animal Care and Enrichment lead for the Veterinary Technician program. This workload can be stressful, so Grace makes sure she has a strong support system of classmates, teachers, friends and family members to help get her through the tough times. 

Communication is key. 

Grace is a hands-on learner. She struggled with lecture-style classes when she first started college. To overcome this challenge, Grace made sure to communicate with her instructors about how to study for lecture topics. They took the time to help Grace figure out the best way for her to learn so she could succeed. 

Going further faster. 

Grace chose the technical college route because she knew the classes would be more specific toward her desired career path. By starting at Northwood Tech, Grace is able to get into the field faster with the opportunity to further her education in the future. 

Continuing her education.

When Grace graduates, she plans to work in a general practice for a couple of years before furthering her education and becoming a veterinary technician specialist in emergency medicine and oncology. Her long-term goal is to eventually educate others to become wonderful technicians. 


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In the family. 

Tyler's father went through the Northwood Tech automotive program years ago, and the set of skills that he achieved were perfect for Tyler's goals as well. 

Finding his calling. 

After high school, Tyler knew what he wanted to do but didn't immediately follow that calling. He believes that's why he found himself jumping around to various positions over the years. It wasn't until he started an internship as a technician that inspired him to pursue the Automotive Service Technician program. 

Learning to learn.

According to Tyler, he was never the "bookworm" in school but he always did his work. Learning to become a student again has been a challenge, but his goal is to prove that he can listen, retain and put information to use that he is learning in the classroom. He wants to perform tasks to the best of his ability and take accountability for his mistakes when they are made. 

Leading the way. 

According to Tyler, he is a natural-born leader. In stressful situations, he has the confidence to solve any challenge that comes his way. He hopes to prove his competency in his chosen field and gain the trust of his boss in his current position. 


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June 8, 2022   |  8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Northwood Tech graduates have some pretty cool careers.

Northwood Tech graduates have some pretty cool careers.

Success After Northwood Tech
Success After Northwood Tech

Northwood Tech graduates have some pretty cool careers.


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Maria Reyes
Maria Reyes

Maria Reyes

Associate Degree Nursing

At 15, Maria moved to the U.S. mainland from Puerto Rico.

Although Maria was a high achieving student in Puerto Rico, she knew only Spanish when she arrived, so language was a barrier. She eventually learned English through school and on her own with a dictionary.

Setting school aside. 

At 17, Maria left high school to take care of her new baby. Ten years later she walked into Northwood Tech for her GED to create a better life for herself and her children. 

From GED to nursing student. 

With a community of support, Maria was able to complete the nursing program while holding down a job and taking care of her two boys. 

Empowering herself and others.

Maria has now worked in the nursing field in various roles including as a nurse, a manager and as an instructor to others. She says caring for others has always come first for her ever since she helped take care of her grandmother when she was young.


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Jeff Engelbretson
Jeff Engelbretson

Jeff Engelbretson

Management and Leadership

The right fit. 

Jeff got a flyer from Northwood Tech after deploying to Iraq and thought he'd check out the Management and Leadership program. After hitting it off with his instructor and taking his first class with other working adult students, he knew it was the right fit. 

Classes around his schedule. 

The evening classes allowed Jeff to be active in the Army National Guard and a part-time student, taking one class per semester on average with his military tuition assistance. 

Starting a new life. 

Jeff spent 25 years in the military before retiring and taking on his new career. He says the people skills and learning how to create a good working environment were the most helpful in his transition to civilian-life management. 

A strong foundation. 

Within two years of working at Verizon, Jeff was promoted to management where he managed three staging facilities and about 30 employees throughout the Midwest. He also was able to transfer all of his Northwood Tech credits to continue his education and obtain a bachelor's degree. 


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Amber Popplewell
Amber Popplewell

Amber Popplewell

Human Services Associate

Amber was a single mother who wanted to further her education.

Although Amber wasn't sure what career she wanted to pursue, she was sure that she wanted to do something important and she wanted to help people. 

The support needed to succeed. 

The staff were always supportive to Amber and her daughter as they spent many evenings studying in Northwood Tech's Learning Resource Center. 

Paying it forward. 

Amber felt passionate to apply her education to the community she was living, so in addition to working and taking classes, Amber also volunteered for the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse.

Making a difference in the lives of others. 

Amber is now a program coordinator in the sexual assault program at the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse. She looks back on her time at Northwood Tech as a fantastic, accelerated program. 


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Chet Banger
Chet Banger

Chet Banger

Architectural Commercial Design

Exploring his options. 

Chet had several jobs, tried a university and community college and was in the military before landing at Northwood Tech, using his military tuition assistance. 

Help from a career survey. 

He decided on the architecture program after taking the career survey online. He had taken AutoCAD (2D drafting software) classes in high school and had a construction background, so the program was relevant to his interests and past experiences. 

Networking opportunities. 

Chet met what would soon be his employer through a class assignment to interview an architect, which led to an internship that turned into a full-time job. 

The skills for success. 

Chet helped lead the firm's transition to Revit (a new 3D drafting software), and helped teach others how to use the software. One of Chet's first major projects was a bank in River Falls. He credits his drafting skills and construction knowledge for helping him launch his career. 


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At 15, Maria moved to the U.S. mainland from Puerto Rico.

Although Maria was a high achieving student in Puerto Rico, she knew only Spanish when she arrived, so language was a barrier. She eventually learned English through school and on her own with a dictionary.

Setting school aside. 

At 17, Maria left high school to take care of her new baby. Ten years later she walked into Northwood Tech for her GED to create a better life for herself and her children. 

From GED to nursing student. 

With a community of support, Maria was able to complete the nursing program while holding down a job and taking care of her two boys. 

Empowering herself and others.

Maria has now worked in the nursing field in various roles including as a nurse, a manager and as an instructor to others. She says caring for others has always come first for her ever since she helped take care of her grandmother when she was young.


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The right fit. 

Jeff got a flyer from Northwood Tech after deploying to Iraq and thought he'd check out the Management and Leadership program. After hitting it off with his instructor and taking his first class with other working adult students, he knew it was the right fit. 

Classes around his schedule. 

The evening classes allowed Jeff to be active in the Army National Guard and a part-time student, taking one class per semester on average with his military tuition assistance. 

Starting a new life. 

Jeff spent 25 years in the military before retiring and taking on his new career. He says the people skills and learning how to create a good working environment were the most helpful in his transition to civilian-life management. 

A strong foundation. 

Within two years of working at Verizon, Jeff was promoted to management where he managed three staging facilities and about 30 employees throughout the Midwest. He also was able to transfer all of his Northwood Tech credits to continue his education and obtain a bachelor's degree. 


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Amber was a single mother who wanted to further her education.

Although Amber wasn't sure what career she wanted to pursue, she was sure that she wanted to do something important and she wanted to help people. 

The support needed to succeed. 

The staff were always supportive to Amber and her daughter as they spent many evenings studying in Northwood Tech's Learning Resource Center. 

Paying it forward. 

Amber felt passionate to apply her education to the community she was living, so in addition to working and taking classes, Amber also volunteered for the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse.

Making a difference in the lives of others. 

Amber is now a program coordinator in the sexual assault program at the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse. She looks back on her time at Northwood Tech as a fantastic, accelerated program. 


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Exploring his options. 

Chet had several jobs, tried a university and community college and was in the military before landing at Northwood Tech, using his military tuition assistance. 

Help from a career survey. 

He decided on the architecture program after taking the career survey online. He had taken AutoCAD (2D drafting software) classes in high school and had a construction background, so the program was relevant to his interests and past experiences. 

Networking opportunities. 

Chet met what would soon be his employer through a class assignment to interview an architect, which led to an internship that turned into a full-time job. 

The skills for success. 

Chet helped lead the firm's transition to Revit (a new 3D drafting software), and helped teach others how to use the software. One of Chet's first major projects was a bank in River Falls. He credits his drafting skills and construction knowledge for helping him launch his career. 


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After Northwood Tech

"I wanted to stick with a smaller college, smaller classrooms, a closer experience with the instructors and a more hands-on environment. The instructors made me feel very confident in what I was learning. I felt very prepared."

–Katelyn

54.4%

salary increase after five years for graduates working in a related field to their training

"The College offered a flexible schedule I could follow at my own pace to allow for my small and growing family when I needed it the most."

–Amy

EXPLORE STARTING SALARIES

See some of the highest paying average annual starting salaries 2018-2019 Northwood Tech graduates have reported:

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96%

of students were satisfied or very satisfied with the training they received at Northwood Tech.

"The College is a great choice for students to learn what they need to succeed in the workforce today. The program provides real-world examples and situations to help students grow."

–Chad

"I am grateful for the instructors who made it more than just an educational experience. The College is like a second family who helps you achieve your personal goals while creating genuine real-life memories that you will never forget. "

–Sara

At Northwood Tech, learning is our passion and it shows. Ranked among the top two-year colleges in the nation, Northwood Tech's graduates leave the College with the confidence and experience needed for success. 

Grow your Success

Have you taken classes at other colleges or in high school that count for college credit? Do you have military or other career or life experience that may count? See if you can start a step ahead. 

Get Credit for Prior Learning

Do you need to teach your employees specific skills to get the job done right? From trades skills to management and leadership soft skills, Northwood Tech will work with you and your employees to provide customized business training that works for your business goals.

Consult with a Northwood Tech Business Advisor

Need to get licensed or complete continuing education classes for your job? You'll find options here to hone your skills and stay up-to-date in your industry.

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Take the Next Step

Are you ready to experience success? Northwood Tech staff are standing by to support you in reaching your educational and career goals, so do it. Take the leap.