Northwest Technical College celebrated more than 40 NTC Foundation scholarship recipients during a Sept. 13 open house and reception.
Scholarship recipients in attendance, many supported by members of their family, were individually introduced during the reception. Each recipient received a letter of congratulation from Dr. Faith C. Hensrud, president of NTC and Bemidji State University and were congratulated by Darrin Strosahl, NTC’s vice president for academic and student affairs.
In addition to the scholarship recipients and their families, NTC Foundation board members, NTC-BSU administrators and NTC faculty were in attendance.
Brian Matthews from Sanford Health addressed scholarship recipients at the breakfast. He said that of Sanford Health’s 2,000 total employees, at least 200 of them have ties to NTC or to another technical college.
“You’ve made a great choice to pursue a technical education at NTC,” he said. “I want to dispel the myth that in order to be successful you have to sit behind a desk. A two-year degree is a better option, depending on your goals. There is less up-front cost and initial investment in time, and you’ll get into the workforce a lot sooner than your friends who may be going to a four-year university.”
In total, the college recognized recipients of 47 scholarships, supported by the Northwest Technical College Foundation, Ottertail Power Company, the Fred Breen Scholarship, the Mississippi Headwaters Blood Bank, the Paul Bunyan Vintage Auto Club, the George W. Neilson Foundation , and the State of Minnesota’s Workforce Development Scholarship program. The combined value of those scholarships is $66,800.
Northwest Technical College, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, is an open, inviting technological learning organization. For more than 40 years, the college has valued life-long learning and the worth and dignity of all people. The college serves 900 students with a high-quality education, an open-enrollment policy and affordable tuition. NTC offers nearly 60 degree, diploma and certificate programs in areas such as business, health, human and protective services and environmental and industrial technology. Classes are offered on the Bemidji campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the colleges and universities of Minnesota State.