Workforce Development Scholarships Fund 15 NTC Students Pursuing High-Demand Careers


In the 2019-2020 academic school year, Northwest Technical College awarded nearly $34,000 in Workforce Development Scholarships to 15 high-achieving first-year NTC students enrolled in academic programs supporting in-demand career fields.

Workforce Development Scholarships are still available for the 2020-2021 academic school year. Full-time, first-time NTC students pursuing careers in automotive service, early childhood education or childcare, dental assisting, emerging computer technology, engineering technology, medical coding or practical nursing are welcome to apply online.

The WDS program, funded by an appropriation from the legislature, offers $2,500 scholarships to students who enroll in programs leading to high demand occupations in healthcare services, advanced manufacturing, information technology, transportation, early childhood education or agriculture.

“The Workforce Development scholarship program helps our students here at NTC thrive in high demand career areas,” Tia Miles, admission representative, said. “We are excited for these students to receive this much-needed financial support and move on to their future careers.”

Students enrolled in eligible programs can receive two years of financial support up to $5,000, plus a third year if they complete a two-year degree and transfer to one of Minnesota State’s four-year universities. The $2,500 scholarships cover about half the cost of full-time tuition at NTC before federal and state grants and other scholarships and are awarded to Minnesota residents.

The 2019-2020 Workforce Development Scholarship recipients were:

  • Bailey Baumgartner, dental assisting student from Northome.
  • Cassandra Bender, dental assisting student from Bemidji.
  • Madison Bertram, dental assisting student from Halstad.
  • Emily Borah, dental assisting student from Bemidji.
  • Faith Broten, health science student from Bagley.
  • Rachel Harris, early childhood education student from Bemidji.
  • Kiara Heuer, early childhood education student from Holdingford.
  • Courtney Pahlen, dental assisting student from Red Lake Falls.
  • Hailey Perry-Miller, business student from Pinewood.
  • Vanessa Phillips, dental assisting student from Walker.
  • Carley Powell, early childhood education student from Hibbing.
  • Skyla Robinson, dental assisting student from Richfield.
  • Brandon Strelow, automotive service student from Bemidji.
  • Roy Strelow, automotive service student from Bemidji.
  • Janessa Tronnes, dental assisting student from Bemidji.




MN State logoNorthwest Technical College, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, has prepared students for fulfilling careers in high-demand fields for more than 50 years. The college’s accessible, affordable, hands-on programs also help the region’s employers meet their ever-growing need for a highly skilled workforce. NTC serves more than 1,000 students with an excellent education, an open-enrollment policy and affordable tuition. Students may pursue nearly 40 degree, diploma and certificate programs in six distinct career paths. Classes are offered on campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities. For more, visit