Scott Gross and his sister, Candace (Brace) along with their children, Hunter and Candace are the next family to be featured in UW-Washington County’s (UW-WC) “A Family Tradition” campaign. Scott was the first in the family to enroll at UW-WC in the fall of 1983. Scott notes that “twenty-eight years ago, I had no idea what the future would hold for me and UW-WC was very affordable.” After completing his associate degree, he was able to “transfer all of my credits” to UW-Stevens Point, where he majored in Urban Forestry. In 1988, he started his own business, Scott’s Landscape, Inc., which he continues to operate locally.
Following in her brother’s footsteps, Candace enrolled at UW-WC in the fall of 1984. After completing her associate degree, she transferred to UW-Madison, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Currently a registered nurse and certified wound ostomy continence nurse, she is employed at the VA Hospital in Milwaukee. “UW-WC was a good choice for me because it taught me how to manage work and school,” Candace said. She also wound up meeting people “who ended up being my future college roommates when I transferred to UW-Madison to finish my degree.”
Wanting “to follow in my father’s footsteps,” Scott’s son, Hunter also began his college career at UW-WC. Currently a sophomore, he was also able to “continue my basketball career for two more years.” After completing his associate degree this spring, Hunter plans to transfer to UW-Madison or UW-Milwaukee in the fall to complete his major in Consumer Science. His career goal is to be a financial advisor.
Candace’s daughter, Claire, is also in her second year at UW-WC and will complete her Associate degree this spring. She plans to transfer to UW-Oshkosh in the fall to complete a major in Criminal Justice. By choosing a local campus, Claire “saved a lot of money,” she said. Claire also believes that she “received an excellent education awhile being able to live at home and also work. “
Washington County is located at 400 University Drive in West Bend. For admission information, visit the campus website at washington.uwc.edu or phone Student Services at 262-335-5201.