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Students from NTC Named as Siemens Technical Scholars

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Electromechanical Technology and Machine Tool Technics Program Students Recognized

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

March 2, 2017 (All day)
(WAUSAU, Wis.) – Students at Northcentral Technical College (NTC) have been named 2017 Siemens Technical Scholars by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program (CEP) and the Siemens Foundation. Travis Becker, Patrick Steinke, Luke Thums, James Flees and Mitchell Rucinski were among 51 exceptional community college students selected from some of the nation’s strongest community college programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which provide outstanding preparation for high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and information technology.
 
“We are proud to recognize five of NTC’s exceptional students and will continue to be a leader in STEM education to best prepare the highly skilled, technical workforce needed in today’s economy,” said Lori Weyers, President of NTC. “We thank both the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the Siemens Foundation for their generosity to help NTC students continue their education.”
 
Overall, jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are projected to grow at almost double the rate of non-STEM occupations. Community colleges like NTC are playing a huge role in working to meet this demand. More than half of all STEM jobs across the United States require no more than an associate’s degree and pay wages that average more than $50,000 annually. And people with a postsecondary education earn 74% more than those with just a high school diploma.
 
“The best community college programs are providing top-notch preparation for the jobs employers are clamoring to fill,” said David Etzwiler, CEO of Siemens Foundation. “We need to change the mind-set about community colleges and make sure that students, parents and college guidance counselors see these exceptional STEM programs as  strong pathways to opportunity -  whether that means heading right into a great paying job or getting a more advanced degree.”
 
The Siemens Technical Scholars selection committee identified exemplary community college STEM programs, like the Electromechanical Technology and Machine Tool Technics programs at NTC that deliver exceptional training for technical STEM jobs in areas ranging from power plant technology to healthcare.
 
Five students, Travis Becker, Patrick Steinke, Luke Thums, James Flees and Mitchell Rucinski, will receive scholarships of between $3,500 and $10,000 to continue their education or pay existing student loan debt.
 
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