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Group of NWTC students who organized event. NWTC students used their team-building and problem solving skills to organize a successful fundraising event. Photo by Megan McCray

On a frigid Green Bay morning, a group of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) classmates learned that a 3.1-mile run could change a child’s life. NWTC Team Building/Problem Solving students hosted the first-ever Winter Wonder 5k Run/Walk to benefit CASA of Brown County, an organization that provides trained volunteers to represent the voice of abused and neglected children in court.

Hundreds of runners and walkers braved single-digit temperatures to participate in the event held on the NWTC campus grounds. The runners raised just under $5,000 for CASA of Brown County. In 2012, CASA served 268 children from 189 families with 121 volunteer Advocates.

"This is an opportunity for them to use their team-building and problem solving skills to actually do something, and make an impact in their community," said Andy Clark, a leadership development instructor who teaches the class.

The event was part of a semester-long service-learning project – one of thousands completed by Wisconsin technical college students each year. It was also one of 32 projects spotlighted at the Celebration of Student Engagement held in the capitol rotunda this week.

Each year, technical college students from round the state travel to Madison to show legislators how their skills make a difference in their communities. Check out the many different community service and leadership activities that will make these students more valuable to employers and lead more enriched lives.

Video from 2013 Celebration of Student Engagement