Alumni Spotlight - Wesley Wilson
Primary Site: Main Campus, LCO
If attended another College(s), major(s) and degree(s) received:
· Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College – A.A. Human Services - 2015
· Southern Wesleyan University – B.S. Human Services/Psychology - 2017
· University of Wisconsin-Superior – M.S.E. Counseling - 2022
I currently serve as the Perkins/Project Success Grant Coordinator at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College. This position encompasses career services, internships, emergency aid, peer mentor program, grant management, CTE, NTO, and more!
There are very few men in the Human Services field that’s what makes me a Non-Traditional student (NTO). Though challenging at times, I found my experience as an NTO student rewarding as I was able to learn from a lot of great people who don’t think as I do.
Why did you decide to pursue a college degree with Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College?
I’ve always been interested in helping people and was naturally drawn to LCO Ojibwe College Human Services program. After completing my bachelor's, I served as an ICW social worker for a short time and always knew I wanted to help our community with mental health challenges and substance use. Another passion of mine is education, teaching is something that is highly valued in my family and something I always wanted to do.
How did attending Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College affect your career and/or next College success?
LCO Ojibwe College gave me the confidence I needed to make that next step and get my bachelor's. They became my employer and since have supported me in my adventure to obtain my master’s degree. Education is power, and LCO Ojibwe College loves to empower students, staff, and faculty.
I have wanted to pursue a counseling degree since I was 16-years-old, however, life just kept getting in the way. When it was the right timing I lacked resources, when I had the resources, the timing wasn’t right. In Summer 2020, I was given some information about AICF Mellon’s Hours graduate program.
AICF Mellon’s Hours program funds up to 18 hours in Graduate level courses for the purpose of helping faculty members and staff expand their education and become certified to teach in their related academic field. I’m currently in a Masters of Counseling and will be eligible to teach this Fall.
I applied and got in during early September 2020- my books, my tuition, my wi-fi, my gas was all covered because AICF cares about our TCU and invests in our staff and faculty.
Mellon’s graduate hours program has made a dream into a plan, I’ve had two successful semesters and plan to continue my graduate program until I’ve obtained my Master's degree.
What advice would you give someone who is undecided on starting college?
College is hard but it’s worth it. Most of college is time management and taking things one baby step at a time. If you get overwhelmed look for help and you will find it.