Evan Whalen, of New Albin, Iowa, has been selected as the 2019-20 Western Technical College Student Ambassador, an official spokesperson for Western and the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS).
As Student Ambassador, Whalen 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, he will represent Western at the state level by working with other student ambassadors throughout the WTCS.
Whalen is Accounting program student, who is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year colleges. He is also highly involved in his community, volunteering as a sports announcer at Kee High School, and as an baseball umpire for New Albin’s little league team. In addition, Whalen attends Western full-time while maintaining two jobs.
“Evan always comes to class with a positive attitude and willing to learn,” said James Murray, Accounting instructor at Western, who nominated him for the honor. “He is a student who understands the importance of education in achieving his career and life goals. He exemplifies all of the qualities of a strong leader in his community, and I am confident he will be successful as Western’s Student Ambassador.”
Whalen originally chose to attend Western because of the transfer programs and career opportunities, but the skills he’s learned at Western go far beyond the textbook.
“Since I have enrolled at Western, I have become an overall better student thanks to the guidance of my instructors,” said Whalen. “Western conveys a standard for strong academic integrity and that has been evident to me since my first day as a student.”
Whalen hopes this opportunity will allow him to further develop his leadership skills, while showcasing the value of a technical college education.
“I value my responsibilities very highly as an individual and I am willing and able to devote my time to the duties of this honor,” said Whalen. “I look forward to meeting new people and having this opportunity to share my story with others.”
After graduating from Western this spring, Whalen plans to continue his education at Viterbo University, eventually completing his master’s in business administration.