Distinguished Alumni

2021 Distinguished Alumni

The Distinguished Alumni Award was created to honor career achievement and community service. Annually since 1992,, the College 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.

Travis graduated from Ashland’s Business Management program in 2014. After receiving a law degree from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 2019, focusing on Tribal and Federal Indian Law, Travis currently works for a Sovereign Nation Wealth Fund, established to diversify tribes from gambling revenue.

“I came to Northwood Tech with a passion for business. When I first started at Northwood Tech, I would have never guessed I would end up in law school. The passion for learning contributed to my educational journey. Northwood Tech set the foundation for getting my law degree.”

Holly graduated from New Richmond’s Early Childhood Education program in 2011. With over 35 years of childcare experience, Holly is currently the owner and Childcare Educator for Holly’s Little Red Wagon Childcare in Roberts, Wisconsin.

“Northwood Tech has played a significant role in my career and my life. Since enrolling in the early childhood education program at Northwood Tech, I have built a very successful Early Childhood Education Program that is Nationally Accredited and rated as five stars. My education at Northwood Tech gave me not only the knowledge and skills that were needed to achieve these goals, but also the CONFIDENCE to achieve those goals.”


After graduating from the Barber/Cosmetology program at Rice Lake in 2012, Dutch worked as a stylist for five years before opening his own salon, The Hair Garage, in Rice Lake.

“I chose Northwood Tech for its great reputation. I knew of the success rate the students experienced and it made it an easy choice for me. Northwood Tech prepared me to become a business owner. The phenomenal instructors and staff were instrumental in carving out a new future for a different kind of student, and their continued support after graduation made it easy to open my own salon.”

Troy graduated from Superior with an associate degree from the Computer Information Systems Programmer/Analyst program in 2001. After Northwood Tech, Troy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Management and his M.B.A. from The College of St. Scholastica and graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. He is currently Vice President, Deposit & eServices Director at National Bank of Commerce.

“Northwood Tech offered a superior education at an affordable price. I was able to take what I learned and immediately start working within the financial services industry.  As I climbed the corporate ladder, I furthered my education but the building blocks that I discovered at Northwood Tech carried through. Northwood Tech has continued to shape me and I am truly thankful for my experience.”

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