Friday, January 20, 2017

CVTC Receives Grant to Boost Internships

$107,476 award part of regional $2.1 million commitment

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Pictured in this 2015 file photo, Brandon Anderson became the first CVTC student intern in the Machine Tooling Technics program, turning that internship into a full-time job at Schmitt Prototypes in Menomonie. A new grant will enable CVTC to expand internship opportunities for students.

Chippewa Valley Technical College students will have greater opportunities for paid internships thanks to a $107,476 grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates. The grant is part of a combined $2.1 million awarded to 16 two-year colleges across six states to create 1,000 paid internships.

Internship opportunities can increase the likelihood that a student will both graduate and find a good job after graduation. However, many internships are unpaid, so low-income students who need a paying job can't afford the opportunity and miss out on developing professional skills and networks available to their wealthier peers.

To fund creation of paid internships for low-income students, Great Lakes started the Career Ready Internship Grant in 2013, making grants available to four-year colleges. Great Lakes has now expanded the grant program to two-year colleges. The program has been highly successful. Previous grantees reported that 98 percent of participating students either graduated or continued in their academic programs the following semester.

Grant funds will cover internship wages and other related expenses. CVTC will partner with employers in its 11-county district to create over 100 internship positions and will also build an internal system to recruit students, match them with available internships and provide them the support they need to succeed. The new internship opportunities will begin as early as spring 2017, with full availability this summer.

“CVTC is committed to student success, and experience has shown that positive internship experiences increase the success rate of students finishing their degrees and also help them find the best employment opportunities after graduation,” said CVTC President Bruce Barker. “We are grateful to Great Lakes for this opportunity to better serve our students and the employers of our district.”

Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates is a nonprofit group focused on helping students nationwide prepare for and succeed in post-secondary education and student loan repayment.