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Nicolet apprentices awarded Great Lakes scholarships

April 21, 2017

Two students in Nicolet College Apprenticeship programs recently each received $1,000 Tools of the Trade scholarships from the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates.

Plumbing Apprentice Adam Grebe, Hazelhurst, and Carpentry Apprentice Joseph Hallas, Rhinelander, each received Great Lakes scholarships to help fund their education in the trades.

Currently, Nicolet offers six different apprenticeship programs. Along with Plumbing and Carpentry, these include Electrical Instrumentation, Pipefitting, Heavy Equipment Operator, and Technical Studies.

Each 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 or two days a week, for which they are paid their regular working wage.

“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. The sponsoring employers get highly trained employees who will contribute to the success of their companies.”

Grebe works for Howard Bros. Plumbing and Heating, Woodruff, and Hallas for Mike Hartmann Construction, Rhinelander.

Since starting Tools of the Trade scholarships in 2013, Great Lakes has distributed nearly $600,000 to students in apprenticeship programs across the state and 94% of scholarship recipients have either completed or continued their training the following semester.

Click here for more information about apprenticeship programs at Nicolet or call the college at (715) 365-4493, TTY 1-800-947-3529 or 711.