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WNCC alum receives top honors from NCCA

A long-time panhandle resident is named the Nebraska Community College Association 2013 Distinguished Alumni.

Willa Kosman received award earlier this month. Kosman, a 1987 graduate of Western Nebraska Community College, was recognized as WNCC's Distinguished Alumni of 2013 during the annual NCCA Award Ceremony in North Platte.

While attending WNCC, Kosman was a busy wife of Platte Valley Companies President and CEO, Hod Kosman, mother of their two children, Jennifer and Hunter, as well as an active community volunteer.

"When I was a student at WNCC I was busy, but continuing my education was important," Kosman said in her acceptance speech. "WNCC was a perfect choice, it offered flexibility and quality classes close to home."

 After graduating from WNCC, Kosman went on to Chadron State College, where she graduated summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education, with subject endorsements in English and sociology, and was awarded a certificate of merit from the English department. 

Kosman was chosen by a five-person selection committee from WNCC, chaired by Alumni Relations Director Tina Dueker.

"Willa is an amazing example of a non-traditional student who started her higher education at WNCC," Dueker said. "She has been instrumental in accomplishing many extraordinary community projects that have and will continue to benefit citizens in western Nebraska for years to come." 

Kosman has worked as a substitute teacher and an adult basic education GED instructor, however, her passion is volunteering for numerous organizations throughout the panhandle. During the past 35 years Kosman has volunteered her time to serve 12 non-profit organizations in the Nebraska panhandle. Two of her most notable volunteer efforts have included the fundraising and construction of Centennial Park and organizing the revitalization of the historic Midwest Theater in downtown Scottsbluff.

"There is no doubt that Willa's story is a remarkable one and certainly deserving of this distinction," said WNCC President Todd Holcomb. "Her contributions have been indelible, she's been an invaluable support for many panhandle organizations and WNCC is proud to have played a role in her past, present and future." 

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