Ten Blackhawk Technical College students in the electrician apprenticeship program have been awarded $1,000 scholarships in the 2015-16 Tools of the Trade program sponsored by the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation.
The BTC students are among the 200 scholarship winners from the 16 schools in the Wisconsin Technical College System. This is the third year of the program, and the 200 recipients is an increase of 30 from last year’s total.
Blackhawk students earning the awards are: Nathan Kalas (Edgerton); Shawn Hauri (Albany); Brian Uhen (New Munster); Thomas N. Rear (Beloit); Nicole Niemi (Evansville); Jonathan F. Hollister (Brodhead); Kyle Pucek (Janesville); Justin Holt (Lake Villa, Ill).; James D. Slatter III (Janesville); Jeffrey Charles Jacobson (Beloit).
The scholarship program is aimed at giving students the financial ability to stay in school and continue their training in fields that need skilled workers.
Great Lakes believes increasing scholarships from 170 to 200 this year will assist even more construction and industrial trade apprentices at Wisconsin technical colleges and help them cover tuition, specialized equipment, tools and clothes costs.