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For Immediate Release:  October 3, 2013
Contact:   Conor Smyth, 608-266-2991, conor.smyth@wtcsystem.edu


Milwaukee area apprentices getting a big boost

         MADISON - Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation has announced an investment in scholarships for those pursuing apprenticeships in the construction trades in Milwaukee.

         Great Lakes officials believe the "Jim Elliott Apprentice Scholarship for the Construction Trades" will help such students complete their programs. Through the scholarship, 20 Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) apprenticeship students will receive up to $1,000 to help cover expenses for equipment, clothes, and tools.

         "Wisconsin has a long and proud history of valuing apprenticeships," said Richard D. George, Great Lakes’ President and Chief Executive Officer. "By helping hard-working students complete an apprenticeship, this scholarship will help them build good careers for themselves and their families, and stronger communities for us all."

         The Elliott scholarship, a 10-year, $200,000 commitment, honors Jim Elliott for his lifelong dedication to the development of the construction trades in Milwaukee, and his years of service to the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates Board of Directors.

         "Construction apprenticeships are a valuable opportunity for those seeking to improve their skills and have a great career," said WTCS President Morna Foy. "We appreciate the ongoing partnership with Great Lakes that makes this sort of opportunity possible for our students."

        Applications, which will be provided to eligible MATC students, are due December 2, 2013.

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About the System:
The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) offers more than 300 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas and certificates. In addition, the System is the major provider of customized business solutions and technical assistance to Wisconsin’s business and industry community. Nearly 370,000 individuals access the technical colleges for education and training each year.