WCTC awarded $139,968 Career Ready Internship Grant from Great Lakes
New internships will be created exclusively for students with financial need
PEWAUKEE, Wis. (Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017) – Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) has been awarded a two-year, $139,968 Career Ready Internship Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates. An anticipated 63 new paid internships will be created during the 2017-18 academic year.
“Paid internships benefit students, colleges and employers,” said Great Lakes President and CEO Richard D. George. “Students gain meaningful workplace skills and are more likely to earn degrees and use their internship experiences to help secure good jobs upon graduation. Colleges will see increased completion and job placement rates, and employers gain a pipeline to fresh talent. It’s a win-win-win.”
WCTC is one of 16 two-year institutions across Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin that received a combined $2.1 million to create over 1,000 internships. WCTC will collaborate with businesses and nonprofit organizations to provide the greatest number of current and future students with an educational opportunity they might not otherwise have.
“WCTC student interns are in demand because they are highly skilled and ready to work on day one,” said WCTC President Kaylen Betzig. “We look forward to expanding our partnerships with area employers and giving even more students the opportunity to gain valuable workplace experience.”
WCTC will spend the spring and summer of 2017 on administrative planning, employer outreach, and student recruitment, as well as creating 12 paid internships. The remaining internships will take place in the 2017-18 academic year. The Great Lakes grant period continues through May 2018.
About Waukesha County Technical College
Waukesha County Technical College, the leader in workforce development, prepares learners for success within the region and global economy. The college offers more than 175 areas of study including associate degree, technical diploma, apprenticeship and short-term certificate programs. Customized training for employers is also available. To learn more, visit www.wctc.edu.
About Great Lakes: Dedicated to making college education a reality since 1967.
Knowing that education has the power to change lives for the better, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates was established as a nonprofit group focused on a single objective: helping students nationwide prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education and student loan repayment. As a leading student loan guarantor and servicer, Great Lakes has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance and repayment planning to more than 8 million borrowers—as well as assistance to colleges and lenders nationwide. The group’s earnings support one of the largest and most respected education philanthropy programs in the country. Since 2006, Great Lakes has committed over $179 million in grant funding to promote higher education access and completion for students of color, low-income students, and first-generation students. For additional information, visit home.mygreatlakes.org.
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