News Release

Published on Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Gulshat Sharipova of La Crosse has been selected as the 2007-2008 Western Technical College Student Ambassador. Sharipova was chosen out of 22 candidates to serve as a spokesperson for Western and the Wisconsin Technical College System.

As Student Ambassador, Sharipova 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.

Originally from Ufa, Russia, Sharipova came to the area three years ago as an au pair for a family in Holmen, Wis. Since she did not speak English very well, she enrolled in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses at Western. After completing her courses, she began taking general education classes and showed an interest in pursuing an associate’s degree in Nursing.

During the fall semester of 2006, Sharipova began taking nursing preparatory courses, including Anatomy and Physiology. Despite the rigorous curriculum, she earned a 4.0 GPA and was named to the Western Technical College President’s List of High Distinction.

In addition to her academic achievements, Sharipova is the vice president of fellowship of Western’s Beta Nu Chi chapter of the International Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa. As part of the society, she has been active in community projects such as Neighbor’s Day, in which students visited two neighborhood homes to clean up their yards, and Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat, which was a food drive to benefit the Salvation Army. Sharipova is also personally committed to Better World Books, an organization that collects old text books and sends them to Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

“Gulshat possesses all of the qualities of a great ambassador,” said Linda Duffy, program head for the Technical Communications program at Western. “She is a dedicated student, a natural leader, and a poised young woman.”

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