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UWFox Names ‘Career Makeover’ Winner

WFRV TV5’s Paul Evanson (left) and
UWFox’s Carla Rabe (right) help
“Career Makeover” contest winner
Brad Kemp (center) hold up his “check.”

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Bradly Kemp, a 34-year old Menasha resident, was named the winner of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley/WFRV TV5  first-ever “Career Makeover.”  The announcement was made on Tuesday morning at the UWFox campus, with WFRV’s “Channel 5 First News” co-anchor, Paul Evanson, hosting the ceremony. Numerous campus faculty and staff, students and guests were in attendance.

Kemp will receive full-time tuition for one semester at UWFox including $100 tuition deposit, $188 in student and admission fees, a $200 gift certificate from the UWFox Student Association for the campus bookstore, a Career Counseling session with the a UWFox Student Services advisor, and a financial aid session with a UWFox Financial Aid specialist.

Married with two children, Kemp is employed by J.J. Plank, in Neenah. “I feel very lucky to have won this contest,” he said after the announcement. “I thought I was here this morning to congratulate the winner.  I was really taken aback when I heard my name announced as the winner.”

In order to be eligible for the UWFox/WFRV “Career Makeover” contest, individuals had to have a high school diploma or GED/HSED as of June 15, 2009, be at least 18 years old or have a parent’s permission if less than 18 years of age, and have earned less than 15 college credits at the time of the contest. Campus employees and members of their immediate family were not eligible.

Contestants had to submit an essay of 500 words or less, explaining how the contestant’s life will be changed through this makeover. In addition, a high school transcript needed to be submitted with the essay, with only one entry per person allowed.

A five person selection committee, comprised of one faculty member, one staff member and one student from UWFox, as well as a representative from WFRV and a community member, was appointed to review the essays and make the final choice of the contest winner.

Carla Rabe, assistant dean for Student Services at UWFox explained how the month long “Career Makeover” contest came about. “We had students coming to see us about starting, or returning to, college with a higher financial need than we had seen in the recent past. That got us to thinking about a promotion like this.  After we announced the contest in partnership with WFRV, I was really pleased with the responses and inquiries we received.  It was a great opportunity for us to partner with WFRV in sponsoring the ‘Career Makeover’ during these tough economic times.”

Kemp said, “When I graduated from Negaunee High School [in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula] I really didn’t see myself as a college type. I had a series of positions during my working career. I saw how a college degree made a big difference to my wife in her career, as well as to a lot of my personal friends.

“I also began to think about how the physical aspects of my jobs were becoming more and more demanding,” Kemp reflected. “While I really enjoy the manufacturing field, I’d like to get away from the hammer and torch end of it and get into the computer and notebook aspect of the business.  I’d like to have more career options and diversify myself by getting a college education.”

“For me,” Kemp said, “it was time to quit talking about going to college and finally do it. I’ve been thinking about going to college for a couple of years now.  This little push will really help me make the commitment to starting college by helping me step out of my comfort zone.  I feel blessed that someone has enough faith in me to help get me on my way to get a college education.”

For more information about the UWFox/WFRV “Career Makeover” contest, contact Rabe at 920-832-2620 or email carla.rabe@uwc.edu, or visit www.uwfox.uwc.edu.

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Posted 06/17/2009