NTC Community Celebrates Raising over $31,000 for Incoming Students

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.”

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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 ntcmn.edu.