LA CROSSE, Wis., April 7, 2021 – Alyson Graef, of West Salem, has been selected as the 2021-22 Western Technical College Student Ambassador, an official spokesperson for Western and the Wisconsin Technical College system (WTCS).
As Student Ambassador, Graef will have opportunities to speak to potential students, community leaders, community groups, and others, and will spotlight the important role of technical and occupational education to the economy and society. In addition, she will represent Western at the state level by working with other student ambassadors throughout the WTCS.
Graef is a Criminal Justice graduate from December of last year. She always had her sights set on Western, citing its hands on learning, proximity to home, and affordability. Graef says the low instructor to student ratio allowed her to be more successful in the classroom.
“I often had a hard time in high school,” said Graef. “But at Western, the instructors truly care about you as a person. If something isn’t working, they work with you to find the best way for you to be successful. I have truly grown as a person during my time here.”
While attending college, Graef has been a member of Western’s Security staff. She has been noted for her compassion and empathy when dealing with sensitive conflicts and her ability to work with diverse groups of students on campus.
“As long as Alyson has been a student at Western, I’ve been impressed by her natural leadership skills,” said Brooke Bahr, security manager at Western who nominated Alyson for this honor. “When working with others, she is humble and helpful. She exemplifies a kindness and selflessness we need more of in the world.”
Graef hopes to use this opportunity to develop her leadership and speaking skills, while expressing the importance of career and technical education with key stakeholders. She continues to look forward with meeting other student ambassadors across the state.
Graef intends to continue her education with Western’s extensive transfer agreement with UW-Green Bay. She intends to complete her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Emergency Management. She hopes to use her degree to enter into the field of security management and leadership.