Students from Lake Area Technical College Named Siemens Technical Scholars
Watertown, SD Oct. 26, 2015 –
Today, three students of the Lake Area Technical College Energy program were named inaugural Siemens Technical Scholars by the Aspen College College Excellence Program (CEP) and the Siemens Foundation. Scholars were chosen from programs at the nation’s top community colleges, all of which provide outstanding preparation for high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and information technology.
Lake Area Technical College President Mike Cartney comments, “Lake Area Technical College is very proud of the Energy program as well as its students and graduates. The Siemens Technical Scholar recognition reinforces our commitment of excellence to our students, graduates, and the energy industry to supply a labor force with the best-trained, most highly skilled and well-rounded employees available in the country. We are honored that Siemens has recognized the Energy programs efforts and the students hard work.”
Overall, jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are projected to grow at almost double the rate of non-STEM occupations, and a large share of these jobs are in manufacturing and healthcare industries. Community colleges are a lynchpin to meeting this demand: More than half of all STEM jobs across the United States require no more than an associate’s degree and pay wages that average more than $50,000 annually.
The Siemens Technical Scholars selection committee identified exemplary programs at top colleges named finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, like Lake Area Technical College that deliver exceptional training for middle-skill STEM jobs in areas ranging from power plant technology to healthcare.
Lake Area Technical College was named as a top ten finalist for the $1.1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence in 2015 and recognized as a top performing institution for helping students be successful in four areas: learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.
Three Lake Area Technical College Energy students, Kyle Idecker of Hartford, SD; Vincent Henningsgaard and Anders Henningsgaard both of Canby, MN , will also receive scholarships of between $3,500 and $10,000 to continue their education or pay existing student loan debt.
Lake Area Technical College is an accredited, public, three-time Aspen College top ten finalist that offers 28 programs in highly-skilled areas of study to over 2000 students. With a 98% placement rate and 84% retention rate, Lake Area Technical College has become a nationally recognized leader in two-year community and technical colleges where graduates earn 40% more than new hires in the region. Lake Area Technical College is located in Watertown, SD.
Aspen College Announces the 2015 Siemens Technical ScholarsScholars Chosen from Nation’s Top Community College Programs Providing OutstandingPreparation for High-Demand Jobs in Manufacturing, Energy, Healthcare and InformationTechnologyWashington, DC, October 26, 2015 – The Aspen College and the Siemens Foundation todayannounced the inaugural 2015 Siemens Technical Scholars. The new partnership between theSiemens Foundation and Aspen aims to help bridge the gap between projected shortages of skilledworkers and the millions of high-demand jobs in manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and informationtechnology.Overall, jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are projected to grow atalmost double the rate of non-STEM occupations, and a large share of these jobs are inmanufacturing and health care industries. Community colleges are a lynchpin to meeting thisdemand: More than half of all STEM jobs across the United States require no more than anassociate’s degree and pay wages that average more than $50,000 annually.The Aspen College’s College Excellence Program (CEP) has been working over the past four yearsto identify the top community colleges that are doing an outstanding job of providing students withthe knowledge, skills, and credentials they need for success. Through a generous grant from theSiemens Foundation, CEP is now working to identify programs that help students achieve success inmiddle-skill STEM fields and recognize the exceptional scholars pursuing these career goals.“The shortage of qualified, tech-savvy workers threatens to become a choke point in the growth ofbusinesses and our country’s economic competiveness,” said David Etzwiler, CEO of SiemensFoundation. “It’s important to make sure young adults understand the tremendous opportunitiesavailable thorough STEM middle-skill jobs. Community colleges are a critical player in that and inensuring we get the right mix in the talent pipeline.”The exceptional individuals announced today as Siemens Technical Scholars are being awardedscholarships of between $3,500 and $10,000. They are all current students or recent graduates ofmiddle-skill STEM programs at community colleges named top finalists for the Aspen Prize forCommunity College Excellence. The biennial $1.1 million Aspen Prize recognizes institutions forOne Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 700 • Washington, DC • 20036Tel. 202-736-5800 • Fax 202-467-0790www.aspenCollege.orgoutstanding outcomes in four areas: student learning; certificate and degree completion; employmentand earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students. Seedetailed listing of students and programs below and online.“We need to learn more about how our best community colleges achieve strong outcomes forindividual students in ways that also fuel strong economies and communities,” said Joshua Wyner,executive director of Aspen CEP and author of What Excellent Community Colleges Do. “Theprograms attended by these remarkable Scholars deliver first-rate preparation for jobs that employersare clamoring to fill and jobs that are a springboard to better economic opportunity. We all have avested interest in helping more community colleges emulate this success.”2015 Siemens Technical Scholars and Middle-Skill STEM ProgramsOn average, 93% of graduates from these programs were placed in jobs within 6 months ofgraduation with a median starting salary range of $32,760 – $82,144 per year. Brazosport College (Lake Jackson, TX) – Instrumentationo Angel Alvarez Brazosport College – Process Technologyo Emily Grimeso Angela Munoz Indian River State College (Fort Pierce, FL) – Power Plant Technology Collegeo Alysia Bilboo Johann Garcia Lake Area Technical College (Watertown, SD) – Energyo Kyle Idekero Anders Henningsgaardo Vincent Henningsgaard Miami Dade College (Miami, FL) – Health Information Technologyo Marqia Blacko Merlyn Santana Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Perkinston, MS) – Process Technologyo Edleshia Leverette Renton Technical College (Renton, WA) – Precision Machining Technologieso Blake Thurmano Patrick Murrayo Jason Astello Joshua Greenberg-Lambert Renton Technical College – Surgical Technologisto Amanda Petersono Dayna Fitterero Erica Ormbreko Iris Garciao Michael Miller Santa Fe College (Gainesville, FL) – Cardiovascular Technologyo Victoria Paulseno Jermaine Gaddiso Florence Continoo Stephanie Moore Valencia College (Orlando, FL) – Respiratory Careo Monica Nicholsono Stephanie Pittmano Manuel Riverao Kara Schroedero Amanda Capraro####The Aspen College Excellence Program aims to advance higher education practices, policies, and leadership thatsignificantly improve student outcomes. Through the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the NewCollege Leadership Project, and other initiatives, the College Excellence Program works to improve colleges’understanding and capacity to teach and graduate students, especially the growing population of low-income andminority students on American campuses. For more information, visit www.aspenCollege.org/college-excellence.
The Aspen College is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is tofoster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. TheCollege is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It alsohas offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visitwww.aspenCollege.org.The Siemens Foundation has invested more than $90 million in the United States to advance workforcedevelopment and education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math. The Foundation’s mission isinspired by the culture of innovation, research and continuous learning that is the hallmark of Siemens’ companies.Together, the programs at the Siemens Foundation are helping close the opportunity gap for young people in theU.S. when it comes to STEM careers, and igniting and sustaining today’s STEM workforce and tomorrow’sscientists and engineers. Follow the Siemens Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.