FVTC Apprentices Get Scholarship Boost

Published Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Twenty apprentices at Fox Valley Technical College received scholarships to help complete their training from the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates. In all, Great Lakes awarded 200 Wisconsin construction and industrial apprentices with scholarships to cover the cost of equipment, expensive tools, and clothing. It was the fifth year the organization distributed the financial awards to state apprentices.


The highly successful Tools of the Trade Apprenticeship Scholarship program gifted a record $300,000 in Wisconsin for 2018. With the ever-present demand for skilled employees, federal and state lawmakers are focusing on apprenticeship as a tool to meet the need. Most apprenticeship programs combine up to five years of classroom instruction and on-the-job training.


“The support that apprentices get from the Tools of the Trade scholarship program provides a timely and relevant boost,” says Mike Cattelino, manager of apprenticeship training at FVTC. “Balancing life with full-time work and school is a unique challenge in the apprenticeship education pathway. These scholarships relieve some of those stresses.”


Each apprentice received $1,500. The following is the list of FVTC Great Lakes apprentice scholarship recipients:


Alex Blair, Industrial Electrician

Samuel Bollen, Machinist/Tool & Die/Patternmaker

Hannah Buros, Machinist/Tool & Die/Patternmaker

Eric Erb, Maintenance Mechanic/Machine Repair/Millwright

Pace Faskell, Pipe Fabricator

Thomas Heagle, Jr., Metal Fabricator/Welder

Nicholas King, Electrical

Thomas Klein, Electrical

Brandon Korth, Electrical

Jason Kunstman, Maintenance Technician

Joshua Olson, Electrical

Andrew Peterson, Construction Electrician

Brett Petrashek, Pipe Fabricator

Samuel Running, Electrical

Mike Ryan, Industrial Electrician  

Randell Smith, Maintenance Mechanic/Machine Repair/Millwright

Todd St. John, Maintenance Mechanic/Machine Repair/Millwright

Matthew Timler, Electrical

Matt Van Thiel, Electrical

Dan Wydeyen, Machinist/Tool & Die/Patternmaker