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Student Development: Student Development

Student Development/SGA Office Hours: Monday - Friday (8:00am - 4:30pm)

General Information

We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we continue to provide services both in person and virtually.
Office hours are 8:00am - 4:30pm

For general Student Development questions, please email Student Development or call 262.691.5302 and someone will respond to you as quickly as possible.

To reach specific members of our department:

Jonathan Pedraza, Student Development Manager
Karen Ziegler, Administrative Assistant III
Rahsaan Dunn, Student Development Coordinator
Janet Rake, Administrative Assistant I
Stephanie McWilliams, New Student Experience & Retention Coordinator
Trena Anderson, Student Success Navigator

General Information

The Student Development Office plays an integral role in daily life on campus. It supplements your academic experience by offering a wide variety of out-of-classroom experiences that enable you to excel in your career.

Student Development offers numerous activities and leadership opportunities to assist in your personal and professional development. Co-curricular experiences are important and can help you develop critical life skills. Through these experiences, you can gain knowledge and tools to become a more effective leader on campus, in the community, at work and at home.

Employers recognize the importance of leadership and campus involvement. They seek out students who are academically strong and who are involved in professional organizations, community service and service learning projects, leisure activities and campus leadership.

Student Development oversees: Student Government Association (SGA), Student Organizations (Clubs), New Student Orientation (NSO), Student Awards, Student Conduct, Behavioral Intervention Team, Campus Cupboard and Graduation. The office also serves as a resource regarding student health insurance.

Campus Cupboard

Currently enrolled students may access the Campus Cupboard, WCTC's on-campus food pantry, for nutritional assistance. Students must show a current WCTC student ID card in order to pick up a pre-packed bag of groceries, which contains breakfast, lunch and dinner items. Limit one bag per week per student. Campus Cupboard bags may be picked up at the Student Development office (C121) anytime during normal business hours. See flyer below for additional information.

Campus Cupboard Flyer

Donor Flyer

Atrium Display Cases

Display cases are located in the College Center Atrium (1st floor) and can be reserved on a monthly basis through the Student Development Office. These display cases are available for WCTC Clubs and Departments to highlight various programs, achievements, topics, etc. If you would like to reserve a display case, please contact Karen Ziegler or Janet Rake.

Academic Calendar

Graduation Ceremony Information

The Fall Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021 in the AJN Education Center. More information can be found hereAlso check your student email regularly for additional updates.

IMPORTANT: If you plan to walk in the December ceremony, you will need to apply for graduation no later than November 1.


Associate and Technical Diploma Completion

Students who are intending to complete their program in Fall can use this link to apply starting September 1st -- Apply now.  

Certificate Completion

  • Students who are intending to complete their certificate in Fall can apply for certificate completion.
  • You will be prompted to declare your certificate if you have not previously done so.
  • Allow three business days for processing. You will receive an email to confirm that you may now apply for certificate completion.

To order a diploma or certificate:

  • Once your program is complete, contact Registration at 262.691.5578 (choose option 1) to place your order.
  • Diploma cost is $20.
  • Certificate cost is $12.
  • Mailing times may vary.

Graduation with Honors

To qualify for honors recognition at the graduation ceremony, you must meet the following requirements:

Honors: Program GPA of 3.5 to 3.84
Distinction: Program GPA of 3.85 to 4.00

  • Graduation honors will be evaluated based on completed program coursework at the time of the commencement booklet deadline. This honor will be indicated in the commencement booklet.
  • Certificates are not eligible for honors.

"Vendor Spot" Tables

Tables in the "Vendor Spot" can be reserved by WCTC Clubs/Departments to promote campus activities. These tables are also available for College Recruiters (if there is a current articulation agreement on file) and Employers.

To reserve a table...

If you are a Club/Department or College Recruiter, please contact Karen Ziegler or Janet Rake.

If you are an employer and would like to reserve a table, please contact Janet Kling in Career Connections.

Awards / Honor Societies

The Fall Awards & Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremonies will be held on Thursday, December 2nd in the AJN Education Center. Please watch your email for additional information.

Fall / Spring Awards

Each Semester, the Student Development office sponsors the Student Awards Program. This is a time for us to recognize the outstanding achievements of our graduating students.

Program Awards

Faculty are asked each semester to nominate (1) student per program to receive the "Outstanding Program Award." These students represent the "best of the best" in their respective academic program. The selection process is left to the discretion of each program area, but the following criteria should be used:

  • Student MUST be graduating during that semester
  • Must be graduating from a technical diploma, associate degree or apprenticeship
  • 3.0 or higher GPA in their program
  • Involved in college and/or community activities
  • Demonstrated commitment to personal and program excellence

Club Awards

Club Advisors are asked each semester to nominate one graduating club member to receive the "Outstanding Club Member Award." Each club is free to use their own selection process.

Outstanding Student Award

All Program Award recipients are invited to apply for one of four Outstanding Student Awards (one per School). The students are asked to complete an application and submit a professional resume. The awards committee, comprised of a cross-section of staff members, conducts interviews to select the top student in each school who represents the spirit and mission of WCTC.

 

  

Phi Theta Kappa is an organization that has been named the official honor society of two year colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges and recognizes the academic achievement of college students. PTK provides opportunities for its members to grow as scholars and leaders.

Students are eligible for membership by invite only, having achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, enrolled in a two year Associate Degree Program and having completed at least 12 credit hours at WCTC.

Some Benefits of PTK Membership:

  • Scholarships to help you complete your associate, bachelor's, even master's degrees
  • Awards specifically for career-bound students, including some field-specific opportunities that cover the cost of certification exam fees
  • Professional skills employers seek through exclusive online Competitive Edge program
  • Request personalized letters of recommendation for job applications
  • Free access to custom, nationally recognized Leadership Development Studies curriculum

This Honor Society opportunity is offered in the Fall Semester at WCTC. Students are invited via their WCTC student email account, typically in late September. Since it is only offered once per academic year, timely membership application is essential when this opportunity is offered.

Feel free to check out the PTK website for further information.

National Technical Honor Society   

National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) is the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education. Thousands of schools and colleges are affiliated with the Society. Member schools agree that NTHS encourages higher scholastic achievement, cultivates a desire for personal excellence, and helps top students find success in today's high competitive workplace.

Students are eligible for membership by invite only having achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, enrolled in a Career Technical Program and having completed at least 12 credit hours at WCTC.

Some Benefits of NTHS Membership:

  • NTHS is a nationally recognized organization that future employers will recognize if seen on their resume or cover letter
  • Access to apply for many scholarships through NTHS.org website
  • Possible study abroad opportunities
  • Have the choice to be part of an NTHS database where employers can seek out candidates for particular areas of employment

This Honor Society opportunity is offered in the Spring Semester at WCTC. Students are invited via their WCTC student email account, typically in late January. Since it is only offered once per academic year, timely membership application is essential when this opportunity is offered.

Feel free to check out the NTHS website for further information.