Apprentices often make sacrifices in order to invest in their futures. They earn modest wages with limited options for financial aid during their on-the-job training and classroom instruction—which can last up to five years. And costs for specialized equipment, tools and clothing can present serious financial challenges to even the most motivated apprentices. Simply put, the price of steel-toe boots can stand in the way of program completion—and the promise of a rewarding career.

WISCONSIN APPRENTICE SCHOLARSHIPS

We created the Tools of the Trade Apprentice Scholarship to help apprentices with financial need meet their costs so they can complete their training and advance to good jobs.

Great Lakes partnered with the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) in 2013 to begin a scholarship program for apprentices in the construction and industrial trades. The first $1,000 scholarships were awarded to 20 apprentices at Milwaukee Area Technical College.

To provide this support to apprentices across Wisconsin who are struggling financially, Great Lakes expanded the program in 2014 to apprentices at all 16 WTCS colleges. In the spring of 2015, 170 apprentices each received $1,000 scholarships to help keep them on track to earning journeyworker certification. In the spring of 2016, the number of recipients increased to 200. We awarded another $200,000 in scholarships in the spring of 2017. In the spring of 2018, we increased the scholarship amount to $1,500, awarding 200 apprentices across the WTCS system a total of $300,000.

Nearly $900,000 in scholarships has been awarded to apprentices in Wisconsin over the past five years. These scholarships are having the desired impact, with 94% of past recipients either completing their apprenticeships or continuing their training the following semester.

2017-2018 RECIPIENTS

BLACKHAWK TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Janesville, Wisconsin

15 recipients

CHIPPEWA VALLEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

11 recipients

FOX VALLEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Appleton, Wisconsin

20 recipients

GATEWAY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Kenosha, Wisconsin

4 recipients

LAKESHORE TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Cleveland, Wisconsin

15 recipients

MADISON COLLEGE

Madison, Wisconsin

44 recipients

MID-STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

8 recipients

MILWAUKEE AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

20 recipients

MORAINE PARK TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

14 recipients

NICOLET AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Rhinelander, Wisconsin

3 recipients

NORTHCENTRAL TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Wausau, Wisconsin

9 recipients

NORTHEAST WISCONSIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Green Bay, Wisconsin

13 recipients

SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Fennimore, Wisconsin

1 recipient

WAUKESHA COUNTY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Pewaukee, Wisconsin

10 recipients

WESTERN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

La Crosse, Wisconsin

9 recipients

WISCONSIN INDIANHEAD TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Shell Lake, Wisconsin

4 recipients

2016-2017 RECIPIENTS

BLACKHAWK TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Janesville, Wisconsin

16 recipients

CHIPPEWA VALLEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

14 recipients

FOX VALLEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Appleton, Wisconsin

15 recipients

GATEWAY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Kenosha, Wisconsin

3 recipients

LAKESHORE TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Cleveland, Wisconsin

11 recipients

MADISON COLLEGE

Madison, Wisconsin

37 recipients

MID-STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

7 recipients

MILWAUKEE AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

19 recipients

MORAINE PARK TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

15 recipients

NICOLET AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Rhinelander, Wisconsin

2 recipients

NORTHCENTRAL TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Wausau, Wisconsin

6 recipients

NORTHEAST WISCONSIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Green Bay, Wisconsin

23 recipients

SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Fennimore, Wisconsin

2 recipients

WAUKESHA COUNTY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Pewaukee, Wisconsin

15 recipients

WESTERN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

La Crosse, Wisconsin

14 recipients

2015-2016 RECIPIENTS

BLACKHAWK TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Janesville, Wisconsin

10 recipients

CHIPPEWA VALLEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

13 recipients

FOX VALLEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Appleton, Wisconsin

15 recipients

GATEWAY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Kenosha, Wisconsin

8 recipients

LAKESHORE TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Cleveland, Wisconsin

16 recipients

MADISON COLLEGE

Madison, Wisconsin

45 recipients

MID-STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

16 recipients

MILWAUKEE AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

20 recipients

MORAINE PARK TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

4 recipients

NICOLET AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Rhinelander, Wisconsin

1 recipient

NORTHCENTRAL TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Wausau, Wisconsin

6 recipients

NORTHEAST WISCONSIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Green Bay, Wisconsin

18 recipients

SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Fennimore, Wisconsin

3 recipients

WAUKESHA COUNTY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Pewaukee, Wisconsin

12 recipients

WESTERN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

La Crosse, Wisconsin

13 recipients

2014-2015 RECIPIENTS

BLACKHAWK TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Janesville, Wisconsin

5 recipients

CHIPPEWA VALLEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

7 recipients

FOX VALLEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Appleton, Wisconsin

22 recipients

GATEWAY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Kenosha, Wisconsin

2 recipients

LAKESHORE TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Cleveland, Wisconsin

5 recipients

MADISON COLLEGE

Madison, Wisconsin

50 recipients

MID-STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

9 recipients

MILWAUKEE AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

20 recipients

MORAINE PARK TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

5 recipients

NORTHCENTRAL TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Wausau, Wisconsin

4 recipients

NORTHEAST WISCONSIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Green Bay, Wisconsin

11 recipients

SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Fennimore, Wisconsin

2 recipients

WAUKESHA COUNTY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Pewaukee, Wisconsin

12 recipients

WESTERN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

La Crosse, Wisconsin

15 recipients

2013-2014 RECIPIENTS

MILWAUKEE AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

20 recipients

Ohio Apprentice Scholarships

Great Lakes offered our successful apprentice scholarship program in Ohio so more apprentices had the opportunity to overcome financial obstacles to completion.

We partnered with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in 2017 to award $1,000 scholarships to 200 construction and manufacturing apprentices attending Ohio community colleges. We were pleased to learn that 93% of the scholarship recipients are continuing their apprenticeships or have already completed their programs. These promising results indicate a strong foundation for Ohio's hardworking apprentices.

2017 RECIPIENTS

COLUMBUS STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Columbus, Ohio

55 recipients

CUYAHOGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Cleveland, Ohio

33 recipients

NORTH CENTRAL STATE COLLEGE

Mansfield, Ohio

2 recipients

NORTHWEST STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Archbold, Ohio

80 recipients

OWENS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Perrysburg, Ohio

27 recipients

RHODES STATE COLLEGE

Lima, Ohio

1 recipient

TERRA STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Fremont, Ohio

2 recipients

Questions

Contact Program Manager Supervisor Nikki Wachter at nwachter@glhec.org or (888) 889-3299.