Education Watch: New manufacturing scholarships for technical colleges thanks to local and national business

Jul 29, 2022 | Wisconsin Voices Blog

From the Press-Gazette: “Xometry, based in Derwood, Maryland, will provide the 50 scholarships to NWTC students this year and next year under a national program focused on five regions of the country. Students must be accepted into one of 27 qualifying programs which include data analytics, electro-mechanical technology, supply chain management, machine tool operation, welding and electrical engineering technology.


Photo: Jeff Bollier, Green Bay Press-Gazette

…Schreiber [Foods’] two annual scholarships are specifically for students of color as the company seeks to close the racial wealth gap and make sure its workforce reflects the communities where Schreiber is based and the customers it serves.” Read more here.

Additional context from IRG Senior Research Director Quinton Klabon:

  • This is good news for Wisconsin education! Far too long many trade jobs went unfilled in 2022 because skilled labor wasn’t there. This training will produce well-paying, stable jobs for men and women.
  • Like the stellar All-In Milwaukee, Schreiber’s scholarships provide support to students to ensure they complete their degree. Graduation rates are far too low for low-income Wisconsin students.
  • Wisconsin has among the 5 highest incarceration rates for Black, Latin, Asian, and Indigenous men in the country. A greater focus on boys in our education system could lead men to purpose instead of prison.