Employers can’t keep up with industry demand due to a lack of skilled workers, making apprenticeships more important than ever. In fact, construction and industrial trade jobs are projected to grow 10% or more through 2024, according to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
Many BTC apprentices juggle work, school, and family obligations. Often, their modest wages are not enough to cover equipment, clothing and tools for their trades. And, even if they qualify for financial aid, it might fall short of their needs.
Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates has supported Wisconsin apprentices with financial need since 2013 when the Tools of the Trade $1,000 Apprentice Scholarship program was created. Great Lakes recently awarded 200 scholarships to construction and industrial trade apprentices, including 16 at Blackhawk Technical College.
“We are grateful for the continued support from Great Lakes, which has benefited 16 BTC students this year,” said Ed Robinson, Executive Dean and Chief Officer of Student Services. “The $1,000 scholarships will help our students finish their training and begin rewarding careers.”
“With the scholarships awarded this spring, our support for Wisconsin’s hardworking apprenticeships totals nearly $600,000 to date,” said Richard D. George, President and Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes. “We’re proud to help apprentices complete their programs, and do our part to help Wisconsin build a stronger workforce.”
All 2016-17 BTC student recipients of the $1,000 Tools for Trade Apprentice Scholarships are electrician apprentices. They are:
Amy Blue (Clinton, WI), Adam Carlson (Janesville, WI), Kyle Haney (Janesville), Kevin Hanson (Janesville, WI), Melissa Johnson (Edgerton, WI), Brian Macdonald (Janesville, WI), Justin Mathews (Edgerton, WI), James McGuire (Edgerton, WI), Nicole Niemi (Lake Geneva, WI), Caleb O’Morrow (Fort Atkinson, WI), Conor Preston (Milton, WI), Thomas Rear (Beloit, WI), Jordan Spradlin (Brohead, WI), Riley Telfer (Fort Atkinson, WI), Benjamin Trappe (Janesville, WI), Alex Brocklin (Janesville, WI)