LATI students earn Mike Rowe Foundation scholarships

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Lake Area Technical Institute students Nathan Timmerman of Lennox, and Trysten Studemann of Ivanhoe, Minn. are each the recipients of a $1,000 mikeroweWORKS Tool Scholarship.

Recipients of the scholarship are selected based on academic and skill performance in the Caterpillar ThinkBIG program. Students who receive the scholarship must also be enrolled an AED-affiliated school.

Timmerman and Studemann are both enrolled in the Caterpillar ThinkBIG program and are sponsored by Butler Machinery. The two students will graduate from Lake Area Technical Institute in May of 2017 with Associate of Applied Science degrees in Diesel Technology, with Caterpillar endorsements. They have both been secured for employment by Butler Machinery, with Timmerman in Sioux Falls and Studemann in Aberdeen.

The scholarships are distributed by the mikeroweWORKS Foundation in partnership with the AED Foundation, an affiliate of Associated Equipment Distributors (AED).

The scholarships have been established by Mike Rowe, the creator and host of the TV show “Dirty Jobs.” These scholarships are representative of his unique “boots on the ground” approach to technical workforce development.

In a time when jobs for many college graduates are hard to come by, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation is working to make students aware of and align them with the excellent opportunities in professional technical occupations. Rowe helps students receive financial resources they need to pursue these occupations in career areas where there is great employer demand.