News Release

Published on Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Soon after Lenora Parr, of La Crosse, was selected as the 2010-2011 Western Technical College Student Ambassador, she also received notification that she was named a New Century Scholar by the Phi Theta Kappa-International Honor Society of the Two-year College.

As Student Ambassador, Parr will serve as an official spokesperson for Western and the Wisconsin Technical College System. She 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.

The New Century Scholars program is an extension of the All-USA Academic Team, an academic and service competition, which annually recognizes 60 outstanding two-year college students. The highest-scoring student in each state in the All-USA Academic Team competition is named a New Century Scholar and receives a $2,000 scholarship funded by the Coca-Cola Foundation and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

As a New Century Scholar, Parr will represent all technical college students from Wisconsin at the American Association of Community Colleges convention in Seattle, Wash., April 17-19.

Parr is Respiratory Therapy program student at Western. She is a single mother of two, who chose a technical college to fulfill her desire to earn a degree in a short amount of time, while remaining in La Crosse.

She is actively involved in Phi Theta Kappa, the Tobacco-Free Campus committee, and the Respiratory Therapy Club.

To learn more about Western Technical College programs and services, please call 608.785.9200 or visit the Web site at