Thursday – September 20, 2018
Great Lakes Commits $2.1 Million to Help 16 Community Colleges Create Internship Programs for Low-Income Students
MATC receives $173,005 grant
December 1, 2016
Madison, Wis. — Internship opportunities can increase the likelihood that a student will both graduate and find a good job after graduation. However, many internships are unpaid, so low-income students who need a paying job can’t afford the opportunity and miss out on developing professional skills and networks available to their wealthier peers.
This is an issue Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates first started to address in 2013, funding the creation of paid internships for low-income students at four-year institutions with its Career Ready Internship Grant. Great Lakes has seen firsthand the benefits of paid internships at these institutions. Previous grantees reported that 98 percent of participating students either graduated or continued in their academic programs the following semester. Great Lakes is now seeking to learn best practices for establishing and administering paid internship programs at two-year colleges.
In an expansion of its Career Ready Internship Grant to two-year institutions, Great Lakes is awarding a combined $2.1 million to 16 community and technical colleges across Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin. During the spring 2017, fall 2017 and spring 2018 terms, the colleges will work to create over 1,000 paid internships.
Grant funds will cover internship wages and other expenses as the grantees partner with employers in their communities. The colleges will also build their internal capacity to recruit students, match them with available internships related to their academic programs and provide them the support they need to succeed.
“We’re pleased to see that these 16 colleges are dedicated to connecting students from low-income backgrounds to paid internship opportunities,” said Richard D. George, President and Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes. “Our goal with this grant is to learn how two-year schools can build a selfsustaining paid internship program. We hope that the knowledge we gain will serve as a blueprint that can be used to create successful internship programs at community colleges across the nation.”
CHIPPEWA VALLEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Eau Claire, WI
COLUMBUS STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
HENNEPIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Eden Prairie, MN
INDIAN HILLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
INVER HILLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Inver Grove Heights, MN
LAKESHORE TECHNICAL COLLEGE
LORAIN COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
MILWAUKEE AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE
MINNEAPOLIS COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE
NATIONAL PARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Hot Springs, AR
NORTH ARKANSAS COLLEGE
NORTH CENTRAL STATE COLLEGE
NORTH DAKOTA STATE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE
OWENS STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
VERMILION COMMUNITY COLLEGE
WAUKESHA COUNTY TECHNICAL COLLEGE
For more information, contact Micaela Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-297-6181.