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Rotary Club Establishes Adult Education Scholarship Fund at CVTC

rotaryThe Rotary Club of Eau Claire has donated $1,000 to initiate a scholarship fund at Chippewa Valley Technical College designed to help students who need financial assistance to complete a General Equivalency Development certificate or a High School Equivalency Diploma.

At a recent meeting of the Morning Rotary Club, Rotarian Jeff Staads presented a $1,000 check to Heidi Fisher, executive director of the CVTC Foundation and the CVTC Alumni Association, and Jill Mayer, who chairs CVTC’s Adult Education Services Department.

It was a conversation between Jeff and Jill nearly a year ago that eventually led to the creation of the Rotary Club scholarship fund. During that discussion, Jill explained to Jeff that many of the students enrolled in CVTC’s basic skills classes are so financially strapped that they cannot afford to make the $90 payment required to complete the necessary GED testing.

From that initial conversation, Jeff, Jill and Heidi developed a proposal that Jeff presented to the Rotary Board. The board subsequently approved the creation of the “Rotary Clubs of the Chippewa Valley GED/HSED Emergency Opportunity Scholarship.”

Jeff said it is the hope of the Eau Claire club that other Rotary Clubs within the 11-county CVTC region, as well as businesses and individuals who benefit from the services provided by CVTC, also will contribute to the scholarship fund.

Jill said that without high school credentials, individuals find their employment opportunities to be extremely limited. As a result, she has seen the number of students coming to CVTC for GED and HSED classes increase significantly during her 10 years as an Adult Services instructor at the college. During the 2010-11 academic year, 400 people enrolled in basic skills classes at CVTC.

Heidi said the Rotary Club scholarship fund is a welcome addition to the resources provided by the CVTC Foundation. Since 1976 the foundation has provided more than $10 million in financial aid and other forms of support for the college.

Jeff Staads of the Eau Claire Morning Rotary Club presented a check for the GED/HSED scholarship fund.  Also pictured are Heidi Fisher, left, CVTC Foundation and Alumni Association director, and Jill Mayer, CVTC Adult Education Services Department chair.