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WITC-New Richmond names student ambassador

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond campus recently named Debi Mager as its 2012 Student Ambassador.

She doesn't fit the stereotypical description of a college student - in fact she's the mother of a university student - but people like her, those with years of work experience, are becoming more the norm at WITC-New Richmond.

Mager is a third semester student, who came to WITC to get an associate's degree in accounting, despite her 15 years of business experience.

Though Mager has worked in payroll, human resources, accounts receivable, and has tested a government payroll accounting system, she's clear about her goal to obtain a WITC associate's degree.

"I realize that to compete with the surplus of qualified candidates, I need to do something to stand out and show I am committed to attaining and maintaining proficient skills in my field," she said.

"Debi has superior communication skills," says her accounting instructor, Linda Richie, who nominated Mager for the WITC Ambassador role. "She's an excellent student and has a very positive attitude."

Mager continues to add to her list of qualifications: she tutors students in accounting, written communication and technical reporting. She's also actively involved with the campus's Business Professionals of America as its vice president, and Student Senate Association.

Her community involvement includes co-facilitating a survivors of violence group at TurningPoint, fundraising events for TurningPoint, and walking 60 miles in the Susan G. Komen cancer walk. She's also active in her church and mentors victims of violence.

"My first objective is to complete my accounting degree. Then I will begin an earnest search for a challenging and stimulating position," Mager explains. "My ideal position will utilize my prior work skills and my acquired skills from WITC."