Southwest Wisconsin Technical College has benefited from several grants and other forms of support from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation. Their support enabled us to expand the capacity of our electromechanical technician program, offer Gold Collar Certification to help area citizens gain the skills needed for entry-level manufacturing jobs, and provide much needed emergency assistance to students through the College’s Dreamkeepers Program. Southwest Tech is pleased to join the WTCS in recognizing and thanking, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation!”
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For Immediate Release: March 25, 2015
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Tech College Board highlights partnership with Great Lakes Higher ducation
MADISON – The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board awarded its Futuremakers Partner” award to Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation Tuesday morning. The award recognizes the unique and dynamic partnerships between Wisconsin’s technical colleges and their partners.
Great Lakes, a Madison-based firm and one of the country’s leading guarantors and servicers of student loans, has a long-standing partnership with WTCS. Great Lakes President and CEO Richard D. George said that has been critical to his organization’s philanthropy strategy.
“Our strategy focuses on populations that are too-frequently forgotten, including students of color, those with low incomes and those who are first generation college students,” George told those gathered for the presentation.
Great Lakes has provided more than $9.4 million in grants and scholarships over the past several years to benefit technical college students throughout Wisconsin.
“Technical college students face a unique set of challenges,” said WTCS President Morna Foy. “Great Lakes has taken the time to understand those challenges and design a series of grant and scholarship opportunities that directly address them and promote student success.”
“I believe the future of Wisconsin’s economy depends on our ability to ensure that people have the chance to finish their education,” George concluded. “We’ve been happy to work with Wisconsin’s technical colleges to advance that goal.”
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 employers. Nearly 330,000 individuals access the technical colleges for education and training each year.