FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CLEVELAND, WI –
This spring 12 Lakeshore Technical College construction and industrial trades apprentices each received $1,500 scholarships from Ascendium Education Group. Ascendium’s Tools of the Trade Apprentice Scholarship program helps apprentices with financial need complete their programs and advance to in-demand jobs.
Most apprenticeships combine up to five years of classroom instruction with on-the-job training. Wages are modest, and financial aid options are limited. With Tools of the Trade scholarships, apprentices can purchase expensive tools, clothing, and equipment vital to their trades.
“We appreciate Ascendium offering this scholarship program for apprenticeship students,” said Jeff Grunewald, LTC’s dean of apprenticeship and economic development. “While apprentices have tremendous support from their employers, their wages are significantly lower while they are training, and they are not eligible for financial aid. These scholarships help bridge that gap.”
“This scholarship helps students overcome financial barriers so they can focus on successfully completing their apprenticeship and advancing to an in-demand trade career,” said Richard D. George, chairman, president and CEO of Ascendium. “We’re proud to help Wisconsin’s hardworking apprentices build brighter futures.”
The following LTC apprentices were awarded a 2018-2019 Tools of the Trade Apprentice Scholarship:
Martin Crownover, Sheboygan Falls, Mechatronics Technician
Jeremy Fox, Wrightstown, Maintenance Technician
Timothy Fryman, Fond du Lac, HVAC
Anthony Gaffney, Sheboygan, Maintenance Technician
Jacky Lee, Sheboygan, Electrician
Brandon Leicht, Cleveland, HVAC
Collin Lensink, Sheboygan Falls, Carpentry
Casey Meyer, Sheboygan, Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright
Keegan Michels, Manitowoc, Carpentry
Hector Sanchez, Fredonia, Industrial Electrician
Brian Schmoock, Manitowoc, Carpentry
Joshua VanEss, Plymouth, Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright
About Lakeshore Technical College
Each year more than 10,000 people enroll in courses at Lakeshore Technical College. They rely on LTC for job preparation, to earn a degree, upgrade a specialized skill, train as an apprentice, or seek a high school equivalency. LTC faculty and staff meet students where they are in life and help them get one step closer to achieving their goals.
LTC is a nationally recognized technical college. The college was ranked the #2 two-year college in the nation for adult learners by Washington Monthly, the #17 trade school in the nation by Forbes, #11 in the nation for two-year college educational outcomes by WalletHub.com, a top-150 two-year college for the fifth consecutive time by the Aspen Institute, and a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist.
Approximately 800 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn a median salary of $47,800* per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at additional sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at gotoltc.edu.
*Source: 2019 LTC Graduate Follow-up Report, 795 graduates contacted to complete the survey; 508 graduates or 64% completed the survey.