Bemidji, Minn. – The Northwest Technical College Foundation raised $31,470 on the third annual Day of Giving on Nov. 9, surpassing the initial $25,000 goal.
This year’s fund Day of Giving campaign sought to raise enough funds to create scholarships for Bemidji High School’s Career Academy students. Initially, the goal was the offer a $1,000 scholarship to 25 Bemidji Career Academy students who will be attending Northwest Tech next year.
Established in 2017, the Bemidji Career Academies create learning opportunities between high school students and business partners to collaborate and prepare students for working in the field of their choice.
Currently, approximately 800 high school students enrolled in the Academies, which offer customized training in a fifteen career paths including child care & education, automotive technology, business, manufacturing and construction. Students may choose courses in as many Academies or pathways as they would like, allowing them to gain exposure to many different career opportunities.
The executive director of the NTC Foundation, Ashely Johnson, said the program has been growing not only at Northwest Tech but also the greater community.
“The Northwest Technical College Foundation wants to provide scholarships to the students who have an interest in technical education,” Johnson said. “We want to retain our homegrown students and their talents to provide the next generation of the workforce for our community.”