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NTC Apprentices Awarded Tools of the Trade $1,000 Scholarships

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Kelsi Seubert
Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator
Phone: 715.803.1509
Email: seubert@ntc.edu

$4,000 Commitment from Great Lakes Helps More Workers Get Certified and Meet Employer Needs
January 24, 2015 (All day)
(WAUSAU, Wis.) – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in the construction sector will grow 2.6 percent annually between 2012 and 2022, which equates to 1.6 million new jobs. Yet a lack of qualified employees is slowing the industry’s rebound after the recession, and Associated Builders and Contractors estimates a shortage of almost 2 million skilled workers nationwide by the end of the decade.
At a time when good-paying jobs are going unfilled, apprenticeship programs throughout the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) are preparing a new generation of workers for the construction and industrial trades. Northcentral Technical College (NTC) is just one of Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges that are helping apprentices get certified to fill these in-demand positions.
Apprenticeship programs provide on-the-job training for family-supporting careers and opportunities for upward mobility. But the road to program completion is long and often fraught with financial obstacles that can deter even the most motivated apprentices. Apprenticeships combine several years of practical training with classroom instruction, and while apprentices earn modest wages on the job, they are not eligible for financial aid to help with program tuition.
Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation recently awarded $4,000 in Tools of the Trade Apprentice Scholarships to keep more NTC apprentices enrolled in their programs. These $1,000 scholarships give construction and industrial trade apprentices the help they need—at any stage in their programs—to cover costs such as tuition and specialized equipment, clothes and tools.
NTC’s scholarships are part of a larger program that attracted nearly 450 applicants from across the state. This year, Great Lakes awarded $170,000 in scholarships to 170 apprentices who are attending 14 WTCS colleges.
“Great Lakes understands the apprentice’s dilemma, and we don’t want to see the cost of a welding helmet or steel-toe boots stand in the way of program completion,” said Richard D. George, President and Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes. “Our scholarships help Wisconsin’s hardworking apprentices cover their program costs so they can help meet employer needs for skilled workers.”
Recipients at NTC include:
Robert Blume, Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright (Marathon, WI)
Logan Borchardt, Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright (Wausau, WI)
Zachary Ready, Electrical & Instrumentation (Rhinelander, WI)
Sean Soderlund, Electrical & Instrumentation (Rhinelander, WI)
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