HOLLAND — Local students at the Careerline Tech Center have been awarded more than $385,000 in post-secondary scholarships.
The CTC, operated by the Ottawa Area ISD, recently held a scholarship awards ceremony to recognize 42 students for their scholarship earnings. In addition, 18 students are being sponsored by local businesses to continue their education with an apprenticeship.
“The opportunities at Tech Center are boundless,” CTC Director Dave Searles stated. “From scholarship monies to help with education after high school to apprenticeship opportunities that combine education with on-the-job training, our students are given several opportunities to help them determine their next steps.
“With so many avenues for a student to take, we are excited to help families navigate this territory with their student and help set them up for success.”
Included in the scholarships was a $70,000 award to Holland Public Schools student Flor Quiñones Sanchez. Quiñones Sanchez received the Kendall Portfolio Scholarship and will attend Kendall College for Art and Design. She studied printing and imaging tech at CTC.
Randal Fletcher, a student at West Ottawa, received more than $50,000 in scholarships. Fletcher earned the AIS STEP Scholarship for $48,000 and the Haworth Skilled Trades Scholarship for $2,000. He took part in the diesel/heavy equipment mechanics program at CTC.
Caleb Prince, a local homeschooled student in the diesel/heavy equipment mechanics program, earned a $40,000 Michigan CAT Scholarship.
Scholarship sources include endowed scholarship funds and partnerships with local organizations and colleges. Scholarships awarded range from $300 to $70,000.
Apprenticeships provide students with on-the-job training with trade professionals. Holland Christian’s Jacob Haan, who studied auto body repair at CTC, said an apprenticeship at Van Eck Auto Body helped him see a future career path.
“It also gave me a glimpse of what life after school might look like and whether or not this job is for me,” Haan stated.
This article originally appeared on The Holland Sentinel: Careerline Tech Center students recognized with major scholarships