Alumni Stories

Technical college graduates are finding success in many interesting occupations. Choose from the career clusters below to see stories of graduates who fulfilled their potential with a technical college education.

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Adam Hornby

Growing up on the family farm Adam Hornby wanted to work for the Department of Natural Resources. As he got older he became more interested in agriculture equipment. Read more Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources alumni stories.


Architecture and Construction

Adam Heindel

Adam Heindel says he was always "into art." In high school he took a computer aided design (CAD) class and began to think about art and architecture. The Architectural Technology program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College fit his interests in the nuts and bolts of buildings and the college was close to home, so he enrolled after high school. Read more Architecture and Construction alumni stories.



Arts, Audiovisual Technology and Communications

Kristin Curry

Kristin Curry earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Arizona State University, but was not satisfied with the work she found. She discovered her passion for graphic design, moved back to Milwaukee and enrolled at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). Read more Arts, Audiovisual Technology and Communications alumni stories.

Business, Management and Administration

Karmen Lemke

Karmen completed her first technical college degree from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in 1987 and went on to take an entry-level position at Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPSC). In 1994, Karmen returned to college part-time to advance her education and career, gaining an associate degree in Marketing. The next step on her educational path landed her a bachelor’s degree from Lakeland College in 1998, and her career has advanced along with her education. Read more Business, Management and Administration alumni stories.


Beth Seymour

Beth enrolled at NWTC to pursue an education in finance and accounting. One year later, she’d leave with a technical diploma and a position at KI – then known as Krueger Metal Products – as a production and inventory clerk. Read more Finance alumni stories.

Health Sciences

Earnestine Daugherty

Before enrolling at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), “Ernie” was a spot welder at Singer Controls, which later became Johnson Controls. She had always been interested in the medical field, so she began her education intending to become an operating room technician. Read more Health Sciences alumni stories.

Hospitality and Tourism

Joel Bernhard

When Joel was four, he lost his eyesight due to a tumor on his optic nerve. However, he never lost sight of his dream of becoming a chocolatier. Read more Hospitality and Tourism alumni stories.

Human Services

Deb Err

After graduating from Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (Southwest Tech), Deb transferred to Upper Iowa University where she completed her bachelor’s degree. As a Disability Benefits Specialist, she provides benefits counseling to adults with physical disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. She is putting her passion to work through the support she gives to others. Read more Human Services alumni stories.

Information Technology

Thom Willecke

Thom customized his own degree - combining studies from different program areas. He ended up taking 11 different certificates, and at one time was taking 29 credits in one semester. Read more Information Technology alumni stories.

Law, Public Safety and Security

Tom Hinz

Tom has had a distinguished career with the Green Bay Police Department, including six years as Assistant Police Chief. He was the first recipient of the Wisconsin Attorneys General Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award. In addition, the police department gave Tom a Medal of Valor after he jumped into the Fox River to save a woman. Read more Law, Public Safety and Security alumni stories.


Chad Wehrs

Auto racing was Chad Wehrs’ destiny, but he needed some skills to realize his dream. The Wehrs family owned the West Salem racetrack and Chad started working in the concession stand when he was six years old. Eventually, he progressed to working in the body shop where he loved tinkering with auto parts. Read more Manufacturing alumni stories.

Marketing, Sales and Service

Robyn Ludtke

Robyn Ludtke faced a lot of obstacles while earning an associate degree in marketing at Waukesha County Technical College. After 13 years of bartending and waitressing, she wanted a career. Read more Marketing, Sales and Service alumni stories.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Amy Beaudry

Amy had always planned on becoming an electrical engineer. Her first step was to enlist in the Air Force and train as an avionics technician. At Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC), she was the first student to complete the engineering transfer agreement with Marquette University and she’s now a product manager for a division of a multi-billion dollar company. Read more Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics alumni stories.

Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

Justin Hahn

Justin Hahn loves technology and aviation, but until he came to Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) for a tour he didn’t know there was a career involving both. Read more Transportation, Distribution and Logistics alumni stories.

Transfer Programs

Eric Magayne

Eric entered Nicolet Area Technical College as a high school senior through the Youth Options Program. He wanted to get a jumpstart on college and save on tuition expenses at the same time. Eventually, all his credits from Nicolet transferred to the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he completed a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics. Read more Transfer Programs alumni stories.

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