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In Their Own Words: Alumni Stories

Alumni are valued members of the NTC family. Every day, in many ways, NTC alumni impact the lives of others and work to ensure a better quality of life for the community. Their stories reflect the quality of our programs and provide a representation of NTC student achievement.

Fall 2014 Distinguished Alumna

Lee Lo

Owner, Compassion Personal Home Care

Lee Lo is an American success story. She came to the United States at the tender age of 14, relocating from a refugee camp in Thailand. Before coming to the U.S., Lo had little understanding of what life would be like here. Her only exposure was Red Cross nurses who came to tend to her dying four month old brother. Lo didn't understand who they were until she arrived in the States and was able to ask, through an interpreter, who the people were with red crosses on their hats. She learned, for the first time, the meaning of a nurse. At that moment she knew someday, somehow, she was going to be one.

  • Mary Krueger

    President, Saint Clare’s Hospital

    In 2007 Mary Krueger was named the Wisconsin Technical College System’s 2007 Alumni of the Year. Krueger, who earned an associate’s degree in nursing from NTC in 1975, received the award for demonstrating the value of a technical college education through career advancement, community service, continued personal and educational growth, and support of the technical college system.

  • Barb Ochs

    Customer Relations, WPS Health Insurance

    Being a single mom in the rural community of Butternut, Wisconsin, could have prevented Barb Ochs from pursuing a secondary education. But thanks to the NTC regional campus located in nearby Phillips, she was able to earn an associate degree in small business administration while raising her two daughters.

  • Bill Janssen

    Medical Laser Specialist

    Bill Janssen has not one, but two associate’s degrees from NTC. He first earned a marketing degree in 1978, and went to work for the local division of a Midwest home and auto electronics company. When it went out of business, Bill returned to NTC to pursue a degree in laser technology.

  • Karla Lodholz

    Remember when you graduated from high school and had to make a decision about college? Karla Lodholz does. “I was young, a little scared and not ready to leave home by making a commitment to a four-year college,” she recalled. “The tech just worked for me,” said Lodholz. “I didn’t have to pass up an education because of any of that. That’s pretty powerful. All of the systems were in place. NTC made it very easy for me to have that opportunity.”

  • Frank Opatik

    Engineering, Vice President, Wausau Homes

    More than 40 years after earning his degree in residential design, Frank Opatik’s NTC education has come full circle. Now retired from Wausau Homes, where he spent his entire career, he shares his wealth of experience by serving as chairman of NTC’s Residential Design and Residential Building Systems Advisory Board.

  • Yolanda Voigt

    Director of Volunteers, Aspirus Wausau Hospital

    As director of volunteers at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Yolanda Voigt oversees almost 700 volunteers. Her department schedules and coordinates a wide variety of volunteer events and services, including providing end-of-life care through Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

  • Janice Gulsvig

    Co-Founder, My InnerView

    You never know where your NTC education will take you. In fact, Janice Gulsvig, who now owns a nationwide healthcare quality-measurement company, said it laid the groundwork for her entire career.

  • Ben Zelazoski

    Co-Owner, Zelazoski Wood Products, Inc.

    When Ben Zelazoski of Antigo was deciding which college to attend in 1968, his criteria were simple: He wanted a good education. He needed it to be affordable. And he didn’t want it to take four years. “I chose NTC because it offered a solid educational background, was geared for those who wanted to get out in the workforce, and was much cheaper than a four-year college,” Zelazoski explained.

  • Wilson Yang

    Wilson Yang Racing

    Wilson Yang loves cars. His interest in cars is what brought him to NTC after graduating from Wausau East and attending UWSP, to study Computer Information Systems and Web and Digital Media. Yang decided to pursue his love of cars by enrolling in the Automotive Technology program at NTC. For him, the program was second nature and he graduated in 2008, already hired by Brickner's of Wausau before graduation from NTC.

  • Kent Johnson

    Owner, Trantow’s Do-It Center

    Kent Johnson, owner of Trantow's Do-It Center in Merrill, WI still uses the knowledge and skills he learned at NTC in his daily interactions with builders and customers. Trantow's Do-It Center is a family owned business started by his great-grandfather as a hardware and bicycle shop 117 years ago.

  • Craig Lange

    Lange Machine and Tool

    You might say machining is in Craig Lange's blood. When Lange was only a little boy his parents, Larry and Sandie Lange, took a chance and started their own business out of the family garage with a basic lathe, a milling machine, and a drill press.

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