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Amanda Appleton - University Children Center AssistantAmanda Appleton

Amanda jumps on a bus near her home and thirty minutes later arrives at UWFox.  “Having access to the bus is just one of the reasons, I decided to attend UWFox,” Amanda said.  Amanda had a few other reasons for attending UWFox. “UWFox it is very student orientated, and it is a good fit for many different learning styles,” Amanda said.

Amanda’s work-study program keeps her involved with young children. She likes to watch them learn and grow.  “I started babysitting when I was ten years old. Children are little reminders that life doesn’t always have to be so serious. Kids are comical. Working at the daycare allows me to do what I like to do, work with children,” Amanda said.

“Students should consider the work-study program. Patience, problem solving, and creativity are some of the skills I gained from this program,” Amanda said. Amanda feels that the University Children’s Center and UWFox have provided her with a solid foundation for her ultimate goal which is to work with children

Carla Leon - University Children Center AssistantCarla Leon

“I am in the best work-study program. I work in an environment that is happy, healthy, and comfortable. Working with children is fun.  They are happy all the time. We sing songs, read books and work on projects,” Carla said.

Carla is interested in pursuing a degree in social work.  “Working with young children and being able to assist or improve life situations for them is where I see myself in the future. Keeping a child’s environment safe and being respectful, are skills I will bring with me to my future career,” Carla said.

“This work-study program allows me to work around my class schedule and work in the summer,” Carla said. UWFox is close to where Carla lives, so she saves money on transportation. She also likes the small class sizes at UWFox.

Alex Frantz - FoxWeb Photographer

Alex Frantz“The work-study program at UWFox is very rewarding,” Alex said.  One of his work-study jobs allows him to be a website photographer. He likes the fact that he is getting hands-on experience. “I look for opportunities to learn and grow as a person. The work-study program allows me to do this,” Alex said. 

Alex has a passion for theater. Auditioning for the children’s theater at age 14 changed his life. “Theater is about telling stories. Whether I am performing on stage or shooting photos for an event, I am telling a story,” Alex said.  Stories link past, present and future.

“UWFox provides many opportunities for students. As a student at UWFox, if you believe in yourself you will find these opportunities and gain skills that you can take with you into the future,” Alex said.

Carla Leon - Children Center AssistantCarla Leon

“I am in the best work-study program. I work in an environment that is happy, healthy, and comfortable. Working with children is fun.  They are happy all the time. We sing songs, read books and work on projects,” Carla said.

Carla is interested in pursuing a degree in social work.  “Working with young children and being able to assist or improve life situations for them is where I see myself in the future. Keeping a child’s environment safe and being respectful, are skills I will bring with me to my future career,” Carla said.

“This work-study program allows me to work around my class schedule and work in the summer,” Carla said. UWFox is close to where Carla lives, so she saves money on transportation. She also likes the small class sizes at UWFox.

Alex Frantz - FoxWeb Photographer

Alex Frantz“The work-study program at UWFox is very rewarding,” Alex said.  One of his work-study jobs allows him to be a website photographer. He likes the fact that he is getting hands-on experience. “I look for opportunities to learn and grow as a person. The work-study program allows me to do this,” Alex said. 

Alex has a passion for theater. Auditioning for the children’s theater at age 14 changed his life. “Theater is about telling stories. Whether I am performing on stage or shooting photos for an event, I am telling a story,” Alex said.  Stories link past, present and future.

“UWFox provides many opportunities for students. As a student at UWFox, if you believe in yourself you will find these opportunities and gain skills that you can take with you into the future,” Alex said.

Matt Ziemer - IT Helpdesk Assistant & Student ITMatt Ziemer

Matthew wants to be the kind of computer engineer who is innovate and takes the lead in solving complex challenges.  That is why he works at the IT Help Desk. His work-study program allows him to do exactly what he likes to do.

“I like the hands on experience I get at the UWFox IT Help Desk,” Matthew said.  This is a valuable experience and he will take the skills and knowledge that he gains from with program with him to UW Madison, as he pursues his future career. 

“Choosing UWFox was an easy decision for me.  I get one-on-one time with the professor; I can work around my class schedule and I  work at a job I enjoy,” Matthew said.

"Eric O'Connell - Student Services Assistant

Eric O'Connell“UWFox made it easy for me to transition from high school to college. I had to learn to be more responsible for myself and my study habits had to change,” Eric said.  Eric will eventually transition to UW Platteville.  He is interested in Mechanical Engineering.

“Becoming part of a team and working in Student Services took me out of my comfort zone,” Eric said.  The work-study program in Student Services took his listening and people skills to the next level. He learned rather quickly that he needed to be more through when asking questions or explaining something.

Eric took a risk and took a job in student services at the front desk.  Although it took him out of his comfort zone he learned to adapt. It was an opportunity for him to try something new.  Eric’s advice, “Don’t be afraid to try something new. Become a part of the school, join a club, don’t just be a student who walks the halls. Interact with the other students and instructors, you will find opportunities to grow.”  

Molly Lefeber - FoxWeb Photographer

Molly LefeberMolly’s dream job is to work for National Geographic. She is passionate about writing, photography and sustainability. She knows that to be successful in photography she will have to make quick decisions and think on her feet because news events happen fast.

Through the work-study program at UWFox, Molly has the opportunity to meet people. “I am learning how to build relationships. If someone is shy and doesn’t want me to take their picture, I have to find a way for them to trust and respect,” Molly said.

Between classes Molly has time to take pictures of students attending events on campus. “Learning on the job has been a good experience for me,” Molly said. She believes she is gaining confidence in herself and in her work.

Katherine Benedict - Student Services Assistant

Katherine Benedict“Working in student services is enjoyable,” Katherine said. Before coming to UWFox Katherine worked as an administrative assistant. Most of the responsibilities she has at the front desk in student services such as, scheduling appointments, answering phones and filing are responsibilities she had as an administrative assistant.

Katherine juggles children, school and a job. “If you are nervous about going to college or you don’t think you can go back to school, you can,” Katherine said. She finds that being organized helps her get everything done.

“UWFox made it easy for me to attend college. Classes are offered in the morning, afternoon and evening. I get a quality education, in a friendly atmosphere and it is less expensive than some of the other colleges I looked at attending,” Katherine said. Katherine is interested in learning more about Forensic Anthropology. Her ultimate goal is to find a career she enjoys. 

Travis Garvin - IT Helpdesk Assistant

Travis GarvinTravis wants to make a difference.  He is creative, curious, analytical detailed-orientated and he likes to sing. After completing course work at UWFox, Travis will head to UW-Madison to finish off his course work in Civil Engineering.

Currently, Travis works as part of a team in IT. “Having a job on campus is a great way to meet other students and faculty in addition to getting better acquainted with the campus itself, at least it has for me,” Travis said. Finding solutions is part of what he does in IT.  Finding solutions to complex situations will be his responsibility, as a Civil Engineer.

After high school, Travis worked in the construction industry for a few years. Downsizing, layoffs and a slow-down in the economy were a few of the reasons he decided to go to college. “I was nervous about going back to school, but I found out quickly that school is challenging and rewarding. I feel like I got a chance to redeem myself.” Travis said. 

Ryan Danne - Information Desk Assistant

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Ryan started his work-study program in Campus Services. “Working in Campus Services was enjoyable for me,” Ryan said. Making copies, sorting mail, and building relationships with everyone that enters Campus Services to retrieve their mail, is how Ryan explains his job responsibilities.  “If you are offered a work-study program take advantage of the opportunity, it is a stress-free way to make money,” Ryan said.

“Being organized is critical for to me to get things done. I also have a job off campus,” Ryan said.  

Ryan likes math and physics, learning how everything works, and he speaks fluent Japanese. He has his future mapped out.  Currently, he is enrolled in the electrical engineering program through UW- Platteville.  His next step will be a master’s degree in engineering and then a doctorate in mathematics.  Ryan’s long-term goal is to be a math professor.  Working at Apple Computer also interests him.

Jamie Helf - Student Services AssistantJamie Helf

Jamie was in a job she didn’t like, and it was making her miserable. She decided it was time to do something different with her life. That’s when she met with an advisor at UWFox and inquired about evening classes. Her initial plan was to take one evening class and see how it went. Introduction to Literature was her first class and it went very well. It went so well that Jamie searched on the UWFox Web site for scholarships.  She filled out the paperwork, wrote an essay, and received a scholarship.

“UWFox has everything I need. The location is perfect, it is affordable, and I get individual attention. Attending classes in the evening helps build my confidence,” said Jamie. Self-motivated and self-managed are key skills to have in the changing workplace environment, and Jamie brought those skills with her to the work-study program at the front desk in student services.  

Although she is undecided about her major at this time, she is interested in environmental science and English.  Advice from Jamie: “If you are thinking about going back to school… JUST DO IT!

Noah Van Thiel - Student ITNoah Van Thiel

One of the reasons Noah chose to attend UWFox was because of the Connections Program. The Connections Program allowed him to start his first two years of coursework at UWFox and then transition to UW-Madison as a junior. He will finish his coursework and earn a double major in computer engineering and computer science from UW-Madison.

Noah works at the IT Help Desk at UWFox. “I applied for and was offered a great opportunity to work at the Help Desk. I can work around my classes and discover unlimited opportunities to pursue in the future,” said Noah. By working in IT Noah gains knowledge and experience that makes him more attractive to employers in the future.

Soon his requirements to transition to UW-Madison will be met. “UWFox is a great place for students to get started. I pay the lower fees at UWFox and get the benefits offered at UW-Madison. Two-year colleges give you the opportunity to advance and grow in what you like to do,” said Noah.

Adam Zielicke - Student ITAdam Zielicke

Adam likes cars. On the top of his list of things to do is designing cars.  Adam is attending UWFox and majoring in mechanical engineering.  One thing he likes about school is that his classes don’t start until 11 a.m.

If you’re working on a computer at UWFox and it breaks down, chances are you might meet Adam because he helps solve computer problems.  He works in Information Technology (IT) services.  “Working in IT allows me to stay right at school and work; I don’t have to drive somewhere else for a job,” said Adam.   Problem solving, collaborating, customer service, and communication skills are skills he uses daily and will use in the future when he is designing cars. 

With winter right around the corner, Adam is starting to think about snowboarding because it is his favorite winter activity.  “Snowboarding is all about balance,” said Adam.  He also focuses on balancing his school work and work-study hours as he journeys through the halls of UWFox earning his degree in mechanical engineering.

Andrew Pohlkotte - Student Services Assistant

Andrew PohlkotteAndrew served in the US Navy for 4 years.  He has traveled to 15 countries and spent time in Japan. When he decided to go back to school he wanted to stay close to his home in Appleton, so he decided to attend UWFox.

“Problem solving, staying organized, and multi-tasking are a few of the skills I learned while working at the front desk in Student Services. I use these skills every day,” Andrew said.

Soccer and science are two topics he likes to discuss. Andrew started playing soccer at the age of 3. He played soccer in high school and while he was in the Navy. He is on the UWFox Cyclones soccer team.
Andrew enjoys science class. His educational goal is to apply for admissions to Theda Clark’s School of Radiologic Technology. 

Keith Elias - Information Desk AssistantKeith Elias

Keith works in Campus Services; this is just one of the three jobs he works to support himself while he attends school. He is responsible for sorting mail, typing for instructors, running errands, and filling supply requests. “This job is relaxing, not back-breaking, and I’m learning to work with others as part of a team,” Keith said.

Keith will attend UW Oshkosh to earn his bachelor’s degree. He is interested in earning a degree in Global Business. Studying different cultures is very interesting to Keith. Nine years of German, four years Japanese, two semesters of Chinese, and one year of Spanish are all the languages Keith has studied.

“Working in Campus Services has opened up opportunities for me,” Keith said. He has learned to stay organized, and he gets to meet people. Keith is dedicated to accomplishing his goals and working in Campus Services is helping him do just that. 

David Kryzaniak - Student ITDavid Kryzaniak

David likes creating, updating, and analyzing Web sites. He is interested in computers. David works at the UWFox Help Desk. He will either earn a degree in computer science or information technology (IT). “I’m gaining real life work experience at the Help Desk—things you can’t learn from a book,” David said.

Communication skills, critical thinking, and problem solving are just a few of the skills he is learning through his work-study program.  These skills will be critical as he ventures out into a job after college. David is also learning the advantages of virtualization in IT. He is learning how to use less resources and how to conserve energy.

David plans to transfer to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay after finishing up his studies at UWFox. A couple things David likes to share about his job at UWFox: “I don’t have to drive to another business; my job is right on campus. The hours are flexible and convenient.”

Jolene Milis - Student Services AssistantJolene Milis

Jolene will admit she is a morning person, although not every morning.  But when she works in Student Services she knows she must act and sound professional every day.  Jolene knows her job in Student Services is important, especially when she is giving directions for placement tests. “I think students feel comfortable asking other students questions. I like to make life easier for other people,” Jolene said.

Working in Student Services is Jolene’s way of getting involved in school. She likes to help people. “Working in Student Services is like being a secretary. Some of the skills I am learning today, I know I will use in the future,” Jolene said. Jolene is learning how to build relationships by actively listening and answering students’ questions. She keeps a positive attitude while resolving issues, answering the phone, and giving campus tours.  It is all part of the culture in Student Services.

Jolene plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree at UW Oshkosh. According to Jolene, “The one thing I like about working in Student Services is everyone works together; it’s a team effort.”

Sarah Hubbell - Student Services AssistantSarah Hubbell

Sarah already knows she wants to own her own business someday. Sarah currently works at the front desk in Student Services. She also knows that the skills she is learning while working in Student Services are going to help her in the future.  “It’s like running an office.  You need to stay organized and focused for everyone else to perform their jobs.” Sarah said.  

Some of her responsibilities at the front desk in Student Services are admissions work, placement testing, and tours. “The one thing I would like others students to know about this job is that you have to act and communicate in a professional manner. I’m also learning that by working at the front desk in Student Services, I am representing UWFox. It’s making me more responsible,” Sarah said. 

Kelsey Christie - Library Assistant

Kelsey ChristieIf you see Kelsey Christie in the library, she is either doing homework or helping patrons get answers to their questions. Kelsey enjoys working in the library. “Working in the library is not stressful. I have flexible hours, and I can still study. I’m learning how important good communications skills are,” Kelsey said.

“I like working in the library. If someone is interested in working in the library I would say some of the skills you will need are listening, communicating with patrons, and problem solving.” Kelsey said.

Kelsey is participating in the Guaranteed Transfer Program and plans to attend UW-Green Bay and earn a degree in psychology. One thing Kelsey said she likes about UWFox is, “The instructors are always around to help you.”

Bethany Schumacher - Student Services AssistantBethany Schumacher

In 2008, Bethany spent seven months in West Africa as a volunteer teaching English to first graders. This sparked her interest in nonprofit organizations. She knows that in the future she wants to volunteer and travel. Although Bethany hasn’t decided on a major, she is interested in working with nonprofit organizations.

Today, Bethany works in Student Services. “Working in Student Services keeps me organized. I like working with people. The work-study program is a convenient way to work between classes.  It gives me a good balance. “In Student Services I’m learning to work together with other people as part of a group,” Bethany said.

Forming a nonprofit organization may be part of Bethany’s future.  Problem solving, decision making, planning, and time management are skills Bethany is acquiring from her work-study program in Student Services. These are skills Bethany can also use in her future endeavors.

Laura Berger-Smith - Senior IT Help Desk AssistantLaura Berger-Smith

Getting up at 3 a.m. to work in a bakery was how Laura started each day before attending classes at UWFox.  That is, until she met Evelyn Li and interviewed for a job at the UWFox Help Desk.

“I enjoy my job at the Help Desk. Working at the Help Desk forces me to interact with people on the campus and it keeps me updated on technology, which I will need when I enter the medical field,” Laura said.

Laura will attend UW-Madison in fall and continue in their medical program. “I am interested in neurosurgery. UWFox was a good place to start my education because it is financially affordable,” Laura said.

Justin Pederson - Senior IT Help Desk Assistant

Justin PedersonJustin is in the work-study program at UWFox. ”I am learning how to balance work and school as an IT Help Desk Assistant. I enjoy working with computers. What I like about working at the IT Help Desk is the team effort. I can ask professional staff how to solve computer issues. I am learning people skills.  People don’t always understand that computer issues aren’t always quick and easy to fix,” Justin said.

The work-study program allows Justin to do homework on the job. Justin said, “I work between 9 and 10 hours a week, and I can get homework done.

Justin will continue his schooling in electrical engineering either at UWFox or Platteville; he is not sure at this time.  “What I like about UWFox is the class sizes are small, 20-25 people in a class, and you know your professor on a personal level,” Justin said.

Kyle Bloedow - Learning Center Helpdesk AssistantKyle Bloedow

Kyle is a student at UWFox.  He also works on campus.  He started his work study program in the building and grounds department. “I enjoyed working in the building and grounds department, but I ran out of hours. I heard about opportunities in the Tutor/Learning Resource Center, so I inquired and now I’m working at the Help Desk in the Tutor/Learning Resource Center,” Kyle said.

The Tutor/Learning Resource Center is located across from Student Services. Kyle said, “I like to promote the Resource Center because I don’t think people are aware that the center exists.” The Resource Center provides tutors, computers, and a quiet place to study for any and all UWFox students.

“Working in the Resource Center is helping me gain some experience in a learning environment. I listen to the tutors and learn how they approach and answer students’ questions. It is also a good source of income. I will pursue a degree in secondary education at UW Oshkosh after earning an Associate of Arts and Science degree from UWFox. Working and learning at UWFox has been a good experience for me. The campus is great, and everyone is personable,” Kyle said.

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