ACES Dislocated Worker Student Organization

ACES - Adults on Course for Excellence and Success

ACES is a student association created to support Dislocated Worker’s and adult learners at every step of their educational journey, from enrollment to employment.


To help dislocated workers and adult learners achieve success during their time at NWTC by offering support, resources and activities in their learning environment. 

  • A dislocated worker is defined by the state/federal government as 
  1. displaced homemaker who is unemployed/underemployed and has loss of family member’s support 
  2. individuals who are laid off without a re-call date, notified of a lay off or facility closing, or are 
  3. self-employed but a victim of an economic downturn.
  • Adult learner or non-traditional student is any student returning to school after putting years between high school graduation and higher education/college.
  • Constitution


  • ACES Book Closet (FOR VIP MEMBERS ONLY): Check out a textbook from the book closet in the library, SC215. Donations of used books are also accepted to help cut the cost of college for fellow adult students.
  • VIP Status: Advanced standing can be earned by donating your time and/or textbooks to the ACES club. 
  • Lunchtime Lessons: Lunchtime Lessons are informal informational sessions held throughout the academic year.  Look for the new schedule each semester.  The topics are of interest to adult learners and the lunch table conversation is a nice break from daily hectic lives. Pick up a schedule in SC235 or on our Blackboard site.
  • ACES Scholarship: Each semester ACES grants a $250 scholarship to one of its general members and $500 scholarship to one of its members who have earned advaced standing, which is referred to as VIP status. The scholarships are given through the NWTC Foundation. Search scholarships at to apply.
  • Networking and Support: ACES members support each other with their common bond of being a returning adult learner or a dislocated worker. The current members want to help new students adjust to academic life and be successful.

How to Join?

  • Stop into SC235 and fill out a ACES Membership Form
  • Go to - type ACES in the search box and print enrollment form
  • Drop off or mail form to: NWTC—Student Support Services- SC235. 2740 West Mason Street, Green Bay, WI 54307

Cost $12 per academic year (prorated by month)   



Member Meetings

All of these meetings will be held from 5:30 - 6:30pm 
in the Executive Dining Room, SC128
 - September 24, 2014
 - October 22, 2014
 - November 19, 2014
 - December 17, 2014
 - February 18, 2015
 - March 18, 2015
 - April 22, 2015
 - May 13, 2015

Board Meetings

All of these meetings will be held from 9:00 - 10:00am in the Commons

 - September 15, 2014
 - October 13, 2014
 - November 10, 2014
 - December 8, 2014
 - February 9, 2015
 - March 9, 2015
 - April 13, 2015
 - May 4, 2015

If members can't come to the member meetings
they are more than welcome at the board meetings!


President: Gina D'Amato
Vice President: Angel Lemerond
Secretary & Treasurer: Kimie Stead-Ajana
Senate Rep: Bob Ward
Advisor: Cindy Kothbauer, or (920) 498-6311



The ACES Lunchtime Lessons have been advantageous. I've attended sessions on topics from writing a research paper, the NWTC Library's online resources, practical budgeting and the assistance available for our community. It's important to me to be involved with a group of individuals who are experiencing some of the same issues I am as a dislocated worker."

The biggest support was that people made me know - I wasn't alone - and that I could always talk to someone if I started thinking I had done the wrong thing by coming back to school. It helped to get the feedback from students who had been at the school longer than I. I find the group comforting and encouraging."

Belonging to ACES has been beneficial to me in many ways, starting with the informative speakers and presenters who have come to the ACES general meetings and to the Lunchtime Lessons. They had so much good, usable information on a variety of topics.  The socializing and networking I have experienced through ACES has been good, too.  It has been comforting to talk to other dislocated workers, and share stories and advice, and know that  we're not in this alone. I've made new friendships that I enjoy. Serving on the board of ACES has been a rewarding challenge that has helped me grow (and it doesn't look bad on the resume either.)"

I am grateful for the used books that I can borrow/use for only a couple of dollars.  Being unemployed, this is a great featureto have.  Thank you to Aces, for this offer."
What drew me to ACES was the description of helping people who haven't been in school for awhile. It grew more with the Monday round table discussions with different speakers to help a returning student. I became more involved with ACES by becoming the Treasurer and helping with the various committees. It helped me become more open, to communicate better and be a team player."