Apprentices Earn Tools of the Trade

Apprentices Earn Tools of the Trade

May 7, 2021

Congratulations to 27 Fox Valley Technical College students who have each received a $1,500 Tools of the Trade scholarship this year.

The scholarships were awarded by Ascendium Education Group and will help apprentices stay on track in their training by providing funding to purchase new tools, clothing and equipment needed for their trades. The funds provide some financial relief to apprentices to aid in purchasing necessary supplies, which are often significant investments made at the start of their careers when apprentices may have the fewest resources available.

Alex Van Boxel, a first-year apprentice in the Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright program, was excited to get the email saying that he’d been chosen for one of the scholarships. “I’ve been able to put the scholarship to very good use,” he says. “I bought tools with it and was using them in the field the very next week.”

This year, Ascendium awarded a total of $375,000 in scholarships to 250 construction and industrial trade apprentices from 15 Wisconsin technical colleges. Fox Valley Technical College students received the second-highest number of scholarships, second only to Madison College.

Complete list of FVTC scholarship recipients:

  • Bryce Allard, Electrician

  • Luke Bieti, Electrician

  • Hannah Buros, Machinist/Tool & Die/ Moldmaker/Toolmaker

  • Luis Caldera, HVAC

  • Geoffrey Coetzee, Electrician

  • Luke Draeger, Electrician

  • Luke Ebert, Electrician

  • Travis Ehrfurth, Plumbing 

  • Logan Forler, Industrial Electrician 

  • Nicholes Gibson, Electrical & Instrumentation 

  • Donald Knaack, Electrician

  • William Matney, Pipefitter

  • Courtney Mays, Electrician

  • Douglas Obermeier, Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright

  • Griffin Philemon, Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright

  • Timothy Plagemann, Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright

  • Jacob Sackett, Electrician

  • Brian Schillerstrom, Pipefitter

  • Mitch Schroeder, Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright

  • Lucas Stashek, Electrician

  • William Strasburg, Electrician

  • Alex Van Boxel, Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright

  • Patrick Warren, Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright

  • Kyle Werth, Electrician

  • Chase Wittchow, Electrician

  • Haley Woods, Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright

  • Fue Xiong, Electrician

 

 

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