66 New Internships Will Be Created Exclusively for Students with Financial Need

Hennepin Technical College (HTC) has been awarded a two-year, $178,500 Career Ready Internship Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates. An anticipated 66 new paid internships will be created during the 2017-2018 academic year.

“Paid internships benefit students, colleges and employers,” said Richard D. George, Great Lakes President and Chief Executive Officer. “Students gain meaningful workplace skills and are more likely to earn degrees and use their internship experiences to help secure good jobs upon graduation. Colleges will see increased completion and job placement rates, and employers gain a pipeline to fresh talent. It’s a win-win-win.”

HTC is one of 16 two-year institutions across Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin that received a combined $2.1 million to create over 1,000 internships. HTC will collaborate with businesses and nonprofit organizations to provide the greatest number of current and future students with an educational opportunity they might not otherwise have.

“With this two-year Career Ready Internship grant, HTC canstrive to foster business relationships with organizations that have a desire to build tomorrow’s workforce,” said Sue Schmitz, Career Experience Coordinator. “The Great Lakes grant is a catalyst to help HTC establish more paid career experiences/internships that support classroom learning, essential employment skills, and allow students to strengthen their abilities in a real-world environment with organizations that share in our goals.”

HTC will spend the spring and summer of 2017 on administrative planning, employer outreach, and student recruitment, and will begin placing students in paid internships in September 2017. The Great Lakes grant period continues through May 2018.

About Hennepin Technical College
Hennepin Technical College is the largest technical college in Minnesota. HTC serves over 20,000 credit and non-credit students annually and offers more than 45 career and technical programs on two campuses in the suburban Minneapolis cities of Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The college's students have one of the lowest achievement gaps in the state of Minnesota and the success of the college’s mission is demonstrated by a job placement rate of 98 percent.

About Great Lakes: Dedicated to making college education a reality since 1967.
Knowing that education has the power to change lives for the better, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates was established as a nonprofit group focused on a single objective: helping students nationwide prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education and student loan repayment. As a leading student loan guarantor and servicer, Great Lakes has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance and repayment planning to more than 8 million borrowers—as well as assistance to colleges and lenders nationwide. The group’s earnings support one of the largest and most respected education philanthropy programs in the country. Since 2006, Great Lakes has committed over $172 million in grant funding to promote higher education access and completion for students of color, low-income students, and first-generation students. For additional information, visit home.mygreatlakes.org.

Last updated by jlaabs : 2016-12-21 15:16:45