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Tech College Board highlights partnership with Great Lakes Higher Education

March 24, 2015 | Conor Smyth

MADISON – The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board awarded its “Futuremakers Partner” award to Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation Tuesday morning. The award recognizes the unique and dynamic partnerships between Wisconsin’s technical colleges and their partners.

Great Lakes, a Madison-based firm and one of the country’s leading guarantors and servicers of student loans, has a long-standing partnership with WTCS. Great Lakes President and CEO Richard D. George said that has been critical to his organization’s philanthropy strategy.

“Our strategy focuses on populations that are too-frequently forgotten, including students of color, those with low incomes and those who are first generation college students,” George told those gathered for the presentation.

Great Lakes has provided more than $9.4 million in grants and scholarships over the past several years to benefit technical college students throughout Wisconsin.

“Technical college students face a unique set of challenges,” said WTCS President Morna Foy. “Great Lakes has taken the time to understand those challenges and design a series of grant and scholarship opportunities that directly address them and promote student success.”

“I believe the future of Wisconsin’s economy depends on our ability to ensure that people have the chance to finish their education,” George concluded. “We’ve been happy to work with Wisconsin’s technical colleges to advance that goal.”