Western Technical College Apprentice Students Awarded Scholarships

Apprenticeship Scholarships

LA CROSSE, Wis., March 7, 2018 – Nine Western Technical College electrical, plumbing, and machine repair apprentices have received $1,500 scholarships from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates, a non-profit organization that helps students across the country repay federal student loans.

The scholarship money comes from the Tools of the Trade Apprentice Scholarship program, which helps apprentices purchase tools, clothing, and equipment vital to their trades.

“This scholarship money is such a great help to our apprentices,” said Bob Marconi, apprenticeship coordinator for Western Technical College. “This support will help them afford the education they need to compete for high-paying jobs.”

Since the scholarship program was founded in 2013, 94 percent of recipients across the Wisconsin Technical College System have either completed or continued their apprenticeships the following semester.

“We are optimistic that the program will be just as beneficial to the 200 technical college students who received scholarships this year as those in previous years,” said Richard D. George, president and chief executive officer of Great Lakes. “We’re proud to help Wisconsin’s hardworking apprentices build brighter futures.”

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