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Gateway apprentice students receive Tools of the Trade scholarships

Five Gateway Technical College apprentice students were each awarded a $1,500 Tools of the Trade scholarships to help them cover out-of-pocket expenses such as tuition, tools and clothing so that they are able to complete their training.

For the eighth straight year, Ascendium Education Group has recognized the important role of apprenticeships in preparing students for in-demand jobs by providing scholarships through the Tools of the Trade Scholarship program.

This year, the following Gateway student apprentices will receive a scholarship:

  • Matthew Jefferson, Electrical and Instrumentation
  • Garrett Pallesen, Machinist/Tool and Die/Moldmaker/Toolmaker
  • Michael Rothering, Electrician
  • Antonio Salinas, Machinist/Tool and Die/Moldmaker/Toolmaker
  • Kevin Tover, Electrician

This year, Ascendium awarded a total of $375,000 in scholarships to 250 construction and industrial trade apprentices from 15 Wisconsin Technical College System institutions. Over the course of eight years, Ascendium has provided nearly $2 million in scholarships to apprentices with financial need.

“Ascendium is proud to continue to support apprentices in the Wisconsin Technical College System,” said Amy Kerwin, Vice President of Education Philanthropy at Ascendium. “By helping these learners overcome financial barriers, they can focus on successfully completing their apprenticeship and securing in-demand jobs.”