Fourteen students in high demand career tracks at Lake Superior College have been awarded $2,500 scholarships through the Workforce Development Scholarship program, funded by the 2017 Minnesota Legislature. The scholarships are designed to help students in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system launch a career in a high-demand occupations in Minnesota. The fourteen students are all enrolled in one of the identified areas of studies: Advanced Manufacturing, Health Care Services, Agriculture, and Information Technology.
One of those fourteen LSC students is Eleni Gebre, a nursing student at Lake Superior College. “My lifelong dream is to go into nursing and to help others,” said Gebre. “As challenging as it is, I know I can be successful in the program. However, my biggest worry has been how I’m going to pay for the program. I work, go to school, and am raising a young family. This scholarship is really going to help me. I am so grateful.”
The funding is being administered through the Lake Superior College Foundation. “Lake Superior College and LSC Foundation are working closely with many employers throughout the region who are looking to hire now and in the near future,” said Daniel Fanning, Executive Director of the LSC Foundation. “This additional financial support will help make the quality programs offered at Lake Superior College more affordable and accessible for several students. In turn, it will also help strengthen our community’s workforce and ensure we can continue to provide that pipeline of talented, highly-skilled graduates to local employers. We really appreciate the legislature’s support in investing in our students and our community.”
This is the first year funding for the Workforce Development Scholarships has been made available by the state legislature, in what is being called a pilot program. Additional funding may be available next year as well, if approved in the current legislative session. For more information on this program or any of the support awarded through Lake Superior College Foundation, please call (218) 733-6945 or email Foundation@lsc.edu.