News Release

Published on Thursday, March 15, 2012

Jessica Klinkner, of Cashton, Wis., has been selected as the 2012-13 Western Technical College Student Ambassador, an official spokesperson for Western and the Wisconsin Technical College System.

As Student Ambassador, Klinkner 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.

Klinkner is a second year Marketing student, who is involved in several extracurricular activities on campus. She is very active in the college’s honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, serving as Vice President of College Relations. As a new student orientation leader, she has shared her story and experiences with new and incoming students.

“Jessica has been the driving force in our Phi Theta Kappa chapter this year,” said Dan Rooney, advisor for PTK who nominated Klinkner for the honor. “Her outgoing personality, consistently positive attitude, and polished speaking skills will allow her to be a fantastic student ambassador.”

Promoting agriculture is also important to Klinkner. Raised on an organic dairy farm, she is remains active in 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FAA). After graduating from Cashton High School in 2009, she took a year off from school to serve on the Wisconsin State FFA Officer team. She traveled around the state speaking and presenting at FFA functions.

“I’m very passionate about what Western stands for and its values,” said Klinkner. “Making a difference and positively influencing others is important to me. It’s a great privilege to be a spokesperson for Western.”

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