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Nicolet College apprentices awarded Ascendium scholarships

May 22, 2020

Two students in Nicolet College apprenticeship programs recently received Tools of the Trade Apprenticeship Scholarships from the Ascendium Education Group.

Plumbing apprentice Joshua Burdick, Eagle River, and carpentry apprentice Justin Else, Woodruff, each received $1,500 scholarship awards to advance in their careers. They’ll be able to use the money to buy tools, work clothing, and equipment needed in their trades.

“Easing their financial burden helps more apprentices stay on the path to a rewarding career,” said Amy Kerwin, vice president — education philanthropy at the Madison-based Ascendium Education Group. “Since the program started in 2013, 95% of Tools of the Trade scholarship recipients have either completed or continued their apprenticeships the following semester. Including this spring’s 200 recipients, Ascendium has awarded nearly $1.5 million in scholarships through the program.”

Each apprenticeship is based on a partnership between an employer, the college, and the apprentice, who works for the employer. Apprentices typically work full-time and attend classes at Nicolet one day every two weeks.

“This way they learn the theory of a specific trade in the classroom and then apply what they learned when they’re working on the job,” said Jeff Labs, Nicolet Dean of trade, industry and apprenticeships. “The result is apprentices acquire great skill sets that they’ll have for a lifetime and the sponsoring employers get highly trained employees who will contribute to the success of their companies.”

Burdick works for Frasier’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in Rhinelander and Else works for Coffen Construction in Minocqua. 

Along with Carpentry and Plumbing, Nicolet also offers a Pipefitting apprenticeship. For more information about apprenticeship programs at Nicolet, visit nicoletcollege.

edu or call the college at 715-365-4493, TTY 1-800-947-3529 or 711 relay.

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