Green Bay Business Community Announces 52 Manufacturing Fellowships

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GREEN BAY — Two Rivers resident Salvador Galaviz first turned to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College for help learning English.

He earned a bilingual welding certificate in June when the NWTC asked him if he would be interested in a scholarship that would qualify him for an even higher paying and in-demand manufacturing job. The industrial maintenance scholarship covers tuition, supplies and housing, and he is already thinking about how the support will help him and his wife get by until he finishes his Classes.

“I really appreciate you doing this for us, for the people I know who are going to do this scholarship and study,” Galaviz said Monday at an event announcing new scholarship opportunities at NWTC. “It’s a great opportunity for people like me.”

Galaviz will receive one of more than 50 full scholarships funded by Xometry and the Greater Green Bay Chamber for the academic year beginning this fall. Schreiber Foods will separately support two other scholarships for manufacturing students.

The 52 scholarships will be available this fall for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College students enrolled in manufacturing programs. NWTC has established scholarship and grant application forms for new scholarships, as well as for its existing programs that provide students with more than $800,000 in tuition assistance each year.

“We have students in the community who couldn’t make higher education possible without these partnerships,” said Erin DeGrand, NWTC’s recruiting, admissions and registration manager. “To see a student’s enthusiasm when they can come to school is just amazing. The more support we can get from the community, the more we can help students get the education of their dreams. .”

Xometry, based in Derwood, Maryland, will provide all 50 scholarships to NWTC students this year and next through a nationwide program focused on five regions across the country. Students must be accepted into one of 27 qualification programs which include Data Analysis, Electromechanical Technology, Manufacturing Operations Management, Mechanical Design Technology, Supply Chain Management, Operation machine tools, welding and electrical engineering technology.

Xometry operates a digital marketplace focused on advanced manufacturing services. Co-founder Laurence Zuriff said the company has set aside shares of the publicly traded company in a donor-advised fund to support initiatives such as scholarships to equip the next generation of construction workers. crafting technical skills for the job, without the burden of student debt. .

The scholarships will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for accepted students at NWTC. College officials have encouraged students to apply now as the fall semester begins Aug. 15.

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Local and national manufacturers have plenty of jobs to fill. The National Association of Manufacturers estimates there were 1 million manufacturing job vacancies in April and projections from the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte estimate that unfilled jobs will reach 2.1 million by 2030.

Dr. Colleen Simpson, vice president of student services at NWTC, said the new scholarships illustrate how industry, employers and colleges can work together to provide more education, mentorship and access to jobs. well-paid to the region’s increasingly diverse population.

“I really applaud Schreiber and Xeometry for breaking new ground in their thinking by partnering with NWTC,” Simpson said. “I encourage more businesses in our region to think about how they can build strong partnerships with technical community colleges.”

Schneider scholarships aim to support a diverse workforce

Schreiber’s two annual scholarships are specifically aimed at students of color as the company seeks to close the racial wealth gap and ensure its workforce reflects the communities where Schreiber is based and the customers it serves. ‘she serves. The deadline to apply is August 5.

Jenene Calloway, vice president of talent development and chief diversity officer for Schreiber Foods, said the company has long made it a priority to partner with local colleges to develop and train workers.

The idea to offer a scholarship grew out of discussions with the company’s employees of color about how Schreiber could create opportunities for more people of color to qualify for higher-paying, in-demand careers. Calloway said the genesis of the idea illustrates why diversity, equity and inclusion together make an impact.

“It’s really about equity: all people have access to opportunities to develop and improve their skills,” Calloway said. “One thing that often hinders people of color is the lack of access and funding. This is an opportunity to provide funding to these members of our community so that they have as much of a chance of being selected for these roles. .”

Simpson said the cost of tuition is a “huge barrier” for many students, but not the only obstacle they face. She said the scholarships give NWTC a chance to intentionally support students of color from recruitment through the start of their professional careers. She said Schreiber’s fellowships, for example, include an internship opportunity with the food manufacturer. The impact, Simpson said, will go far beyond the classroom.

“If we look at our community, we see that our community is changing, but we have gaps in education and labor equity,” Simpson said. “(Schreiber seeks) to change representation. They invest early in students of color who can become color professionals. That will enrich the environment for us at NWTC and in each of these organizations.”

There are currently over 24,000 students enrolled in training, certification and degree programs in over 200 career fields. The NWTC serves an area that includes Door, Florence, Kewaunee, Marinette and Oconto counties as well as most of Brown County and small parts of Outagamie and Manitowoc counties.

In Wisconsin, the average Wisconsin manufacturing worker earns $74,252 in wages and benefits, said Ann Franz, executive director of the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance.

The alliance surveys its members annually to gauge their expectations for growth, hiring, skill needs, facility expansion and other metrics. This year, of the 150 members who responded, 56% expect to expand their membership this year while 91% expect difficulties recruiting employees. Machinists, welders, industrial maintenance and skilled trades are among the most difficult positions to fill, according to the survey.

Those needs match some of Schreiber’s, Calloway said.

“When we think about the skills needed for our business to be successful, it’s about skills like technical skills, project management skills, lean (manufacturing) coordination skills,” Calloway said. “It’s about helping our operations run more efficiently. These three programs provide students with the skills to be successful in these roles.”

The alliance offers six $1,000 scholarships to the NWTC, part of the $55,000 in scholarships it awards each year. More funding for manufacturing and technical education will help workers get better jobs and businesses grow, Franz said.

“The more you invest in making purses, the better,” Franz said. “There is such a great need.”

Contact Jeff Bollier at (920) 431-8387 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @JeffBollier.

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