WITC chooses student ambassadorThe definition of “ambassador” simply doesn’t do justice to the student who has received that title at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond campus.
The definition of “ambassador” simply doesn’t do justice to the student who has received that title at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond campus.
“Phoenix” describes Matthew Woehrman, New Richmond, more accurately, as he has pulled himself up from the ashes of his youth to a life filled with accomplishment.
A River Falls High School dropout, a series of dead-end jobs, meeting his wife and having a child finally brought him to WITC-New Richmond.
“With my wife and son in my life, I wanted to change for the better, because that’s what they deserve,” Woehrman says.
“I was fed up with being the expendable person,” he continues, “so I came to WITC to obtain my GED.”
But that wasn’t enough for Woehrman. He wanted more education, so he enrolled in WITC’s Automated Packaging Technician program.
“After my first day, I knew I was in the right spot,” he said.
Woehrman involves himself in extracurricular activities and organizations that focus on the packaging industry. He’s received several academic scholarships, achievement scholarships and contribution awards. He’s vice president of WITC’s student chapter of the Institute of Packaging Professionals, and he’s part of a team that competed and won against big name universities at the Pack Expo, sponsored by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.
“I fully embrace the learning process and apply myself the best I can. I knew that if I failed at this (his college education), it wouldn’t be because I didn’t try hard enough. I knew what I wanted and there would be no obstacle big enough to stop me from getting it,” Woehrman says.
“The Ambassador program is an excellent way for the college to recognize some of our most highly motivated students,” says Natalie Landgreen, college advancement associate. “The program allows the students to develop their leadership skills while they represent WITC in our communities.”
Nominated by Julie Shafer, WITC instructor, Woehrman takes the duties of being an ambassador seriously. He’s available to speak to organizations, groups or students about technical education and his experience with it. Those interested may call Landgreen at 715-246-6561.
Woehrman will graduate in May and already has bright prospects for employment in his field of study.