Mike Knueppel knew what he wanted to do and didn’t waste any time pursuing his goal. During high school he worked at a local grocery store and became interested in a career in marketing. When he turned 18, Mike became a manager at the store. He also enrolled at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC).
“The Business and Marketing instructors have years of real world experience and use their knowledge to help students grow,” he said. Mike also participated in Collegiate DECA competitions gaining confidence to speak in front of groups of people and experience in networking.
He completed the WCTC Marketing program and went on to earn a Retail Management degree as well. Mike’s next career step was marketing specialist for Gustave A. Larson Company, a wholesale HVAC and refrigeration firm.
He transferred to Cardinal Stritch University and completed a bachelor’s degree in Management in 2010 continuing to work and study at the same time.
“All my technical college credits transferred easily,” Mike commented. “It was very convenient.”
Currently, Mike works at Glenroy Inc. & EverWhite, a producer of flexible packaging film and custom whiteboards. He started at the company as a marketing sales assistant, progressed to marketing coordinator and was promoted to marketing manager.
“Technical college definitely prepared me for what I am doing now,” he said. “You get right into what you need to know for your job.”