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New program at NWTC to empower women in Door County

Kara Leiterman

Tuesday April 10, 2018
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) Foundation and the Women’s Fund of Door County are excited to announce a new partnership to assist women in Door County to find their path and achieve their dreams.
 
The Women’s Fund provided a $200,000 grant to the NWTC Foundation to launch Invest • Dream • Achieve, a three-year pilot program to provide opportunities to women attending the College. This program will help women living in Door County build their future through education, financial stability and career exploration.
 
“Through this grant we can empower women in Door County to achieve a financially secure and enjoyable life,” said NWTC Foundation Director Crystal Harrison.
 
Students in the program will receive all the career and academic services available to NWTC students with the addition of a Student Support Specialist at the Sturgeon Bay campus dedicated to walk alongside participants as they pursue their education. 
 
“Invest • Dream • Achieve will not only help the women, but also the community. The goal is for our students to earn their credentials and find a career, thus increasing their economic security,” said Harrison.
 
“What makes this opportunity unique is the financial benefit,” said NWTC Student Support Services Manager Amber Michaels- Schmitt. “We do not want women to choose between a car repair and their education.”
 
Each student in the program will set up a savings account. The grant will match their funds up to $60 a month while in the program. Students will also receive $300 stipend after each semester successfully completed.
 
“Our women have told us that they want to become financially independent so that one unexpected event doesn't devastate their lives, said Jane Stevenson from the Women’s’ Fund of Door County.
“We look forward to our continued relationship with the Women’s Fund of Door County,” said Harrison. “Together we can work to enhance the lives of our students and the community.”

Those interested in learning more about the program call (920) 746-4938 or go to,https://www.nwtc.edu/doorcountywomendream .
 
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