Western Apprentice Students Awarded Scholarships

Nine Western Technical College electrical and plumbing apprentices have received $1,500 scholarships from Ascendium Education Group, a non-profit organization that helps students across the country repay federal student loans.

The recipients include: Seth Bonner, of Tomah; Austin Boville, of La Crosse; Tyler Bush, of Black River Falls; Myles Connor, of Camp Douglas; Anthony Jensen, of Holmen; Zachary Lechner, of Brownsville, MN; George Mauss, of Eitzen, MN; Jason McClelland, of Viroqua; Guthrie Thurston, of Wilson.

\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 program’s inception, 95 percent of recipients across the Wisconsin Technical College System have either completed or continued their apprenticeships the following semester. A total of $295,500 in scholarships were awarded to 15 Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) institutions.

\“Our scholarships help learners overcome financial barriers so they can focus on successfully completely their apprenticeship and advancing to an in-demand trade career,” said Ascendium Chairman, President and CEO Richard D. George. “We’re proud to help Wisconsin’s hardworking apprentices build brighter futures.”

For more information on Western’s apprenticeship programs, please visit www.westerntc.edu/apprenticeship.