Northwood Technical College is proud to announce 12 construction and industrial trade apprentices received Tools of the Trade scholarships from Ascendium this year. Each apprentice received $2,000 to use toward the purchase of equipment, tools and clothing, tuition and more.
Apprenticeships are training programs that provide learners with on-the-job experience along with classroom instruction. At Northwood Tech, we offer a variety of apprenticeship programs, including broadband service technician, carpentry, cosmetology, electrical construction, injection mold set-up, maintenance mechanic/millwright, and plumbing. Many apprentices complete their programs and secure employment with businesses in our community.
However, financial pressure can make it hard for many learners to complete apprenticeships, especially if they are juggling school, work, and family. The Tools of the Trade Scholarship Program aims to help apprentices overcome financial barriers so they can focus on continuing and completing their apprenticeship and secure an in-demand job.
This year, Ascendium awarded 771 scholarships to apprentices across the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) through its Tools of the Trade Scholarship Program for a total of $1,542,000. Apprentices are eligible to apply for a scholarship if they are enrolled and receiving credit for both fall and spring semesters, are enrolled in an eligible construction or industrial trade and demonstrate a financial need.
Students from Northwood Tech that received the Tools of the Trade scholarships include:
- Chase Birkey (Lake Nebagamon), Electrician
- Soren Madrone Geiger (Marengo), Plumbing
- Casey Goranson (Siren), Plumbing
- Dakota Harrison (Somerset), Plumbing
- Drew Hawkins (Eau Claire), Carpentry
- Carter Johnson (Grantsburg), Electrician
- Mathew Kottke (Grantsburg), Electrician
- Ronald McKuen (Butternut), Plumbing
- Reilly Moore (Superior), Plumbing
- Marques Ruonavaara (Marengo), Plumbing
- Joseph Schmitz (Luck), Plumbing
- Riley Toufar (Chetek), Plumbing
“We’re pleased to support a record number of WTCS apprentices this year through our Tools of the Trade Scholarship Program,” said Brett Lindquist, vice president of strategic communications at Ascendium. “At Ascendium, we’re focused on removing barriers that prevent people from achieving their academic and career goals. The scholarship alleviates some of their financial stress, allowing them to focus on their apprenticeship.”
To learn more about apprenticeships offered at Northwood Tech, visit NorthwoodTech.edu.
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Northwood Technical College is a nationally top-ranked college and designated Silver 2023-24 Military Friendly® School that puts your Learning First. Northwood Tech serves the educational and career needs of more than 15,000 residents of Northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, Northwood Tech offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized business training, and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. Northwood Tech is a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org). For more information, call 800.243.9482 or visit NorthwoodTech.edu. Northwood Technical College is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator.
Ascendium Education Group is committed to making education and training beyond high school a reality for more people. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we fund initiatives across the U.S. that help learners from low-income backgrounds achieve upward mobility; provide student and employee success solutions to colleges and businesses; invest in education-focused innovations to improve learner outcomes; and provide information, tools and counseling to help millions of borrowers successfully repay their federal student loans. While we have many roles, we have one goal — elevating opportunity by creating a world where everyone can rise to their highest potential. To learn more, visit ascendiumeducation.org.