News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kim Schmelz, External Relations & Alumni Development
Phone: 608.822.2379
Mail: 1800 Bronson Blvd., Fennimore, WI 53809
Date of Release: April 30, 2020

Tri-State Auto Body Association supports student scholarships

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Students who received scholarships included (L-R) Ethan Anderson, Gays Mills; Drake Kasten, Richland Center; and Jacob Moeller, Mineral Point.

Three Southwest Tech students recently received the Tri-State Auto Body Association Scholarship. This scholarship was established to support students in auto body as they become the workforce in the industry. The Tri-State Auto Body Association recognizes Southwest Tech as a local higher education institution supporting their industry. To be eligible for the scholarship the recipient must be enrolled in the Auto Collision Repair and Refinish Technician program. Students who demonstrate a strong desire to work in an auto body shop in the tri-state area after graduation or students who have already been employed in an auto body shop are given preference.

“On behalf of the Tri-State Auto Body Association, we are grateful for everything that the collision program at SWTC offers its students,” said Levi Benn, president of the Tri-State Auto Body Association. “With the automotive industry changing and advancing so much in technology and materials being used, it’s important that the students know current repair procedures and how to properly handle different materials to ensure a safe repair. Greg Wubben, Auto Collision Repair and Refinish instructor, is always open to feedback and wants to make sure his students have the knowledge when they graduate to be able to implement and immediately start in the workforce. This scholarship is just a simple way for us to show the appreciation we feel for Greg and his interest in teaching the students who will be the future of this industry.”

Jacob Moellers, one of the recipients of the scholarship, sent a thank you note to the Tri-State Auto Body Association and said, “I plan to graduate in the spring of 2020 with a career goal of being employed at Ball Body Shop. Thanks to your generous scholarship, I am now one step closer to achieving my goal.”

The Southwest Tech Foundation awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year. “We feel very fortunate that our business partners invest in our students,” said Gina Udelhofen, coordinator of Annual Giving, Donor Relations and Scholarships at Southwest Tech.

For more information about scholarships for Southwest Tech students or other funding opportunities with Southwest Tech please contact the Southwest Tech Foundation office at 608.822.2379.

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College is one of 16 institutions that comprise the Wisconsin Technical College System. Southwest Tech offers more than 60 programs in a wide variety of disciplines. Courses are offered on campus, online and in a blended format. The college provides apprenticeship, certificate, technical diploma, and associate degree programs that respond to district workforce needs and prepare student for family-sustaining jobs and career advancement.



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