Twenty-three area high school seniors have been awarded Workforce Development Scholarships in the first year of a pilot program that encourages students to enroll in Minnesota State Community and Technical College programs that prepare them for careers in high-demand fields.
The 23 are all students in M State Partner High Schools, a group of 16 area school districts that are partnering with M State to strengthen the college preparedness of their graduates. M State launched the Partner High Schools program in 2017.
The Workforce Development Scholarships, each a minimum of $2,500, were created by the 2017 Legislature. M State’s awards target students enrolling in programs related to advanced manufacturing (nine scholarships), agriculture (one scholarship), health care services (10 scholarships) and information technology (three scholarships).
In addition to funding from the Legislature, additional financial support for Workforce Development Scholarships was contributed by Fergus Area College Foundation, Heritage Homes, Mike and Dianne Fillmore, Swanston Equipment, Foltz Trucking, Lyle’s Shoes, M State President Peggy Kennedy, National Electrical Contractors Association and Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association.
Dr. Peter Wielinski, vice president of student development and marketing at M State, called the Workforce Development Scholarships a “win-win partnership” for the college and its high school partners.
“We’re proud of the partnerships we and our foundations have formed with our regional high schools,” Wielinski said. “In distributing the Workforce Development Scholarships made possible by our state legislators, we address financial barriers to education and gainful employment. This benefits our regional economy and provides business and industry with the well-trained workers they need to succeed.”
Scholarship recipients by school district, their program and M State campus are:
Maddie Hibma, Nursing, Detroit Lakes campus
Naomi Hibma, Nursing, Detroit Lakes campus
Nichole Melby, Nursing, Detroit Lakes campus
Adam Prindle, Information Technology, Detroit Lakes campus
Alyssa Landsem, Information Technology, Moorhead campus
Noah McDonald, Dental Hygiene, Moorhead campus
Seth Tuders, Information Technology, Moorhead campus
Ellie Swenson, Nursing, Moorhead campus
Ryan Wilson, Electrical Line Worker Technology, Wadena campus
Caleb Irish, Electrical Technology, Wadena campus
Darcy Mortenson, Nursing, Detroit Lakes campus
Preston Burnside, Diesel Technology, Moorhead campus
Kate Lundquist, Nursing, Detroit Lakes campus
Sophia Neubauer, Nursing, Moorhead campus
Lake Park Audubon
Garret Frank, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Moorhead campus
Amy Lundstrom, PowerSports Technology, Detroit Lakes campus
Sarah Dahl, Nursing, Moorhead campus
Zane Stahlecker, Architectural Drafting and Design, Detroit Lakes campus
New York Mills
Kody Knickrehm, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Wadena campus
Najima Ahmed, Nursing, Fergus Falls campus
Rylee Lindquist, Equine Science, Fergus Falls campus
Aaron Wegscheid, Electrical Line Worker Technology, Wadena campus
Andrew Sundby, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Wadena campus