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Twenty-two NWTC students receive life-changing scholarships

Kara Leiterman

Wednesday April 17, 2019
Funds Help Cover Cost of Equipment, Tools and Clothing to Keep Apprentices on Path to Success

Twenty- two Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) construction and industrial trades apprentices have each received $1,500 scholarships from Ascendium Education Group (formerly Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates). The Tools of the Trade Apprentice Scholarship program helps apprentices complete their programs and advance to in-demand jobs.
 
The scholarships help apprentices purchase expensive tools, clothing and equipment required to complete their training.
 
NWTC Electrical apprentice Scott Wade said the scholarship came just at right time. Money was tight at home, it “was a real ray of sunshine in my life. Very, very thankful for it,” he said.
 
Another student, Alan Philipsen, was laid off at the time he received the scholarship. He said was able to pay his mortgage and buy groceries for his family.
 
Since the scholarship program was founded in 2013, 95% of recipients across the Wisconsin Technical College System have either completed or continued their apprenticeships the following semester. In total, the program has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships.
 
“This scholarship helps students overcome financial barriers so they can focus on successfully completing their apprenticeship and advancing to an in-demand trade career,” said Richard D. George, Chairman, President and CEO of Ascendium. “We’re proud to help Wisconsin’s hardworking apprentices build brighter futures.”
 
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