PTCC offers $3500 scholarships to area high school students

PINE CITY, Minn. – Thanks to the State Legislature and generous community donations, area high school seniors have a shot at $3500 Workforce Development scholarships at Pine Technical & Community College.

 To respond to a shortage of skilled workers in manufacturing, healthcare, information technology and agriculture, legislation was passed to provide $2500 scholarships to students entering those educational fields within the Minnesota State system. Pine Technical & Community College was allotted 14 of those scholarships.

 Knowing that it will have a huge impact on solving the worker shortage locally, PTCC President Joe Mulford decided to seek help to increase the scholarships from the communities and industries that would benefit. Mulford also saw the scholarship as a means to reduce “brain drain.”

“We have the second lowest tuition in the state, and $2500 makes a big difference to a high school student looking to go to college,” Mulford said. “But just think what $3500 would mean. For our students, that can be a life-changing scholarship.”

 “When our local communities and business invest in our young people, it encourages those students to stay in the community,” Mulford said. “It helps to retain our young talent in area.”

The 14 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors from the East Central Minnesota Educational Cable Cooperative (ECMECC). This includes Braham, Cambridge-Isanti, Chisago Lakes, East Central, Elk River, Hinckley-Finlayson, Milaca, Mora, North Branch, Ogilvie, Pine City, Princeton, Rush City and St. Francis.

The Foundation is seeking support from the communities and industries targeted by these scholarships.

The scholarship deadline is January 19, 2018. High school seniors from the 14 ECMECC schools who are interested in a career in manufacturing, healthcare, information technology and agriculture are encouraged to apply. The application consists of three essay questions and a letter of reference.

For more information, or to apply for the scholarship, please go to Or email or

Those interested in supporting the scholarship fund and the Foundation should contact Sandi Carlisle at 320.629.5140.

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