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Local Newspaper Reporter Wins State Media Award

Sep 20, 2021

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) is pleased to announce that Rick Olivo of the Ashland Daily Press has been awarded the 2021 Media Award from the Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association.

The award goes to...The Ashland Daily Press

WITC nominated Olivo for the award for his story on the Marine Repair Technician program at the WITC-Ashland campus. The article entitled, “WITC Calls in the Marines” was published in a special Progress Edition of the Ashland Daily Press.

“The article did a great job of showcasing the Marine Repair Technician program and explaining why our graduates are in high demand,” said Steve Bitzer, WITC’s VP of student affairs and Ashland campus administrator. “I’m really pleased that an article from the Ashland Daily Press was chosen for the award and that it focused on a degree program that is so important to tourism and recreation not only in our area, but throughout the entire state of Wisconsin.”

Olivo is one of five winners of the 2021 Media Award in the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). The WTCS is comprised of 16 districts that cover the entire state.

Each nomination was judged based on the below award criteria:

  • Portrays today’s technical college learning environment positively with originality and creativity.
  • Portrays positive “human” impact/relationships of technical college education and learning.
  • Inspires or engages audience to explore the technical college system.
  • Supports a specific district program and market need.
  • Thoroughly covers the subject matter in stimulating and clear fashion.

WITC is grateful to all its community partnerships. Your support of the WITC Foundation is essential to student success. For information on how to contribute, visit  

A nationally top-ranked college and a designated 2021-22 Military Friendly® School, WITC serves the educational and career needs of more than 18,000 residents of Northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, WITC offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized business training, and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. WITC is a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, call 800.243.WITC or visit WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator.

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