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
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.
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.
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.
The Fall Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021 in the AJN Education Center. More information can be found here. Also check your student email regularly for additional updates.
Students who are intending to complete their program in Fall can use this link to apply starting September 1st -- Apply now.
To order a diploma or certificate:
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
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 an employer and would like to reserve a table, please contact Janet Kling in Career Connections.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.