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Student Development: Student Development

Student Development/SGA Office Hours: Monday - Wednesday (9:00am - 5:00pm) / *We will be working remotely on Thursday & Friday

General Information


WCTC Campus Reopening

Beginning Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) will reopen the Pewaukee and Waukesha campuses in preparation for the fall semester. Face coverings will be required for anyone on campus. The College has developed a comprehensive reopening plan that provides for the health, safety and security of the campus community. Read the latest COVID-19 updates and resources.

We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we continue to provide services both in person and virtually.

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.

Area Food Pantry Information

Campus Cupboard bags are available to pick up in the Student Development office (C121) Monday - Wednesday from 9:00am - 5:00pm. Students may also pick up a Campus Cupboard bag at the Welcome Center located in the main C-Building Atrium on Thursdays from 7:30 am - 6:00pm and on Fridays from 7:30am - 1:00pm. If you are in need of food assistance at other times, please use the resource labeled Area Food Pantry Information which can be found below.

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. Bags are available for pick up at the Campus Cupboard located in the Student Development Office (C-121).  Open during regular Student Development office hours.

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.

Graduation Ceremony Information

Fall 2020 Commencement

Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Waukesha County Technical College has made the difficult decision to hold a virtual commencement ceremony in place of an in-person event for December 2020. College officials are continuing to follow recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as state and local health agencies, and they have determined the safest option is a virtual event.

Students who have completed their program requirements to graduate at any point this calendar year – spring, summer or fall 2020 – will be invited to participate in the virtual commencement ceremony. This includes all associate degree, apprenticeship and technical diploma students. Students will be encouraged to be part of the virtual commencement, but are not required.

WCTC will be working with an outside company to create a special, memorable virtual event that will honor and celebrate graduates, and feature inspiring messages from College leaders, guest speakers, board members and others. The virtual commencement will be close captioned.

Any questions please contact Karen Ziegler at


Associate and Technical Diploma Completion

Students who are intending to complete their program in Fall can 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.

For students ordering a diploma or certificate:

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

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 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.