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Local Students Selected to Join Northwood Tech’s Student Ambassador Program

March 01, 2022

Northwood Tech would like to introduce the 2022 Student Ambassadors: Katy Hansen, Ashland; Grace Long, New Richmond; Mike Kelly, Rice Lake; Tyler Little, Superior.

Group shot of the 2022 Northwood Tech Student Ambassadors with Blaze the Bear

(3/1/2022) Every year, Northwood Tech staff nominate students to represent the college within their communities. The nominees are then interviewed by a panel of staff and alumni. One candidate per campus is named Campus Ambassador and will officially be the face of the college.

While each Ambassador has a unique story to tell, they all demonstrate positive attitudes, high moral character, strong communication skills and are proficient in their studies.

Northwood Tech would like to introduce the 2022 Student Ambassadors: Katy Hansen, Ashland; Grace Long, New Richmond; Mike Kelly, Rice Lake; Tyler Little, Superior. 

Katy Hansen, Northwood Tech - Ashland

With Katy’s excellent communication skills and her positive attitude when approaching her work, she was asked to participate on the Medical Administrative Professional advisory committee and took part in a marketing video last spring for the college.

“I chose to attend Northwood Technical College at this point as I have always wanted to finish a degree program,” said Katy, “but it just didn’t work in my life until now. Northwood Tech was accessible to me because it is local, affordable, and the program I was interested in was available online. I was interested in the Medical Administrative Professional program because it combined a few skills I already had with my interest in the medical field.”

Grace Long, Northwood Tech - New Richmond

Grace’s peers elected her to the office of President of their student club (Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America). “Grace consistently puts in the extra work to do her very best,” said instructor, Julie Hansen. “She stays after classes to practice with the animal patients and equipment, she spends a lot of time reviewing with her classmates, and she often takes advantage of outside of class time in the labs.”

Grace is enthusiastic about the program and her experience, “I chose going to a technical college because I wanted to be able to have more specific classes geared toward the career path that I was taking, I also wanted to be able to have a smaller classroom to be able to have the one on one that I need with my professors and my classmates. Northwood Technical College has helped me exceed much further than I ever could have imagined, I feel as though being in a technical college has made me a better student because of the atmosphere and the opportunities here. Northwood Technical College has exceeded all my expectations and I am proud to be a part of this college.”

Mike Kelly, Northwood Tech - Rice Lake

Sarah Mayhak nominated Mike because, “This is the second semester I have had the privilege of having Mike as a student. He has been an outstanding student and member of our classroom community. In class discussions, Mike is one of the first volunteers to contribute and always offers substantive and valuable perspectives to our learning environment.” President of the Computer Cyber League (student club), Mike believes he is on the right path. “I chose a technical college because it just made the most sense for my situation,” he explained.

“The technical college was the perfect option as tuition is incredibly affordable and I could acquire a massive skillset in just two years. I chose the Cyber Security program due to the increasingly high demand for security professionals and the fascinating concepts I could learn more about like networking and information security.”

Tyler Little, Northwood Tech - Superior

When asked about Tyler, the instructor for the Automotive Service Technician program, Terry Glanville, had nothing but great things to say. “Tyler has been a perfect example for representing the automotive program,” stated Terry. “He has been on time, attends every day, goes out if his way to help others, and has made tremendous progress in the program. I see his career to be successful at Northwood Technical College and his future looks very promising.

“My main influence to choose the automotive program was the internship I am currently involved in,” said Tyler. “One unique thing about myself is that I have a natural desire to be a leader in situations. I have a confidence that when there is an issue at hand that I have the brain and skills to solve it.”

Throughout their time as an Ambassador, the students have the opportunity to make presentations to high school students, community organizations and business groups. Ambassadors also commit to speaking at graduation ceremonies and meetings of the Northwood Tech Board, Alumni Association or Northwood Tech Foundation.

Each of Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges select a student every year to participate in the Ambassador program. The Ambassadors are invited to a leadership development and recognition program and attend a formal banquet. There, the students receive an award and scholarship and share their stories of determination, perseverance and success. Following the banquet, the students officially serve as WTCS Ambassadors for one year and unofficially, for a lifetime.

A nationally top-ranked college and a designated 2020-21 Military Friendly® School, Northwood Technical College serves the educational and career needs of more than 18,000 residents of Northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, Northwood Technical College 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. Northwood Technical College is a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, call 800.243.9482 or visit Northwood Technical College is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator.

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