In Their Own Words


  • Foundation & Alumni

Mark & Laurie Matthiae

Mark MatthiaeMark and Laurie Matthiae co-founded Crystal Finishing Systems, Inc., of Weston in 1993. An aluminum extrusion and fabrications manufacturer and finisher, it has grown from a small shop with five full-time employees in 1994 to one of the nation’s 5,000 fastest-growing privately-owned manufacturing companies, now employing more than 430.


Judy Foster Memorial Fund

carl-fosterCarl & Judy Foster

Carl and Judy Foster dedicated their lives to teaching. Before retiring a few years ago, Carl taught technical education at the middle, junior, and high school levels. Judy, who passed away in 2002, spent the last 15 years of her teaching career working in NTC’s Learning Center, where she helped nontraditional students obtain an education. The Fosters’ children have followed in their parents’ footsteps: their two sons are teachers, and their daughter is currently pursuing her degree in social work.


Spencer Campus Scholarship

Cynthia Smith, Vicki LaVenture, James Zoellner, Marcia DraegerStaci Rothamer, Marcia Draeger, Vickie LaVenture. Cynthia Smith, James Zoellner

With a population of just over 1,900, the village of Spencer is a small, tight-knit community where residents look out for one another. In 2002, five co-workers at NTC’s Spencer campus began a tradition that exemplifies the spirit of the small town.


Sunrise Funds

Marianna RuprechtMarianna Ruprecht, NTC Learning Center Instructor

Sometimes, all a person needs is a second chance. That's why an anonymous donor couple established the Sunrise Fund scholarship in 2006. Each year, the fund provides a scholarship to help someone who has been through Marathon County's judicial system pursue an education from Northcentral Technical College.