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Marianna RuprechtMarianna Ruprecht, NTC Learning Center Instructor

Sometimes, all a person needs is a second chance. That's why an anonymous donor couple established the Sunrise Fund scholarship in 2006. Each year, the fund provides a scholarship to help someone who has been through Marathon County's judicial system pursue an education from Northcentral Technical College.

"A young relative of ours started out on the wrong track and ended up in jail," the couple said. "After jail, he earned an associate's degree from NTC. It turned his life around. He is now working on his bachelor's degree and plans to pursue a master's degree. We wanted to establish a yearly scholarship to help other young people find their way like he has."

The couple also established the Marathon County Jail Program Sunrise Fund, which helps inmates obtain basic supplies to attend classes at the jail. The classes are offered through NTC's Adult Basic Education program and are taught by NTC Learning Center instructors Marianna Ruprecht and Mari Kraege. The program provides inmates with the opportunity to attend courses in math, reading, writing, and computers, and to earn their General Educational Development(GED)and High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED).

Marianna has taught the program since it began in 1989 and received the Robert C. Altman Excellence in Teaching award in May 2008.

Does giving inmates a second chance seem to be working? According to Marianna, the answer is yes. "Some of our students do go on to attend NTC," she noted. "Ten of our students from last year are attending the College right now." In 2007, 34 of the program's students earned their GED/HSED or high school diploma and 53 obtained jobs.




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