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mikeroweWORKS Foundation and Tulsa Welding School announce creation of MRW/TWS Scholarship Program
Oct 29, 2013 (02:10 PM EDT)
PHOENIX, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
MRW/TWS Scholarship Program
Mary Kelly, CEO of TWS said, "Our country was built by skilled trades' workers. Unfortunately, there has been a push in the last two decades to steer our children into four-year college programs, regardless of their own individual skills sets. The result is that we have a huge shortage of skilled trades' workers and are scrambling to fill all these open positions. These scholarships will help us encourage those students who have the ability and the work ethic to succeed in fields of study like Welding, Pipefitting and Shipfitting."
Mike Rowe, CEO of mikeroweWORKS added, "Well, I hate to jinx it, but I think we're on a roll. 1.6 million dollars in mikeroweWORKS scholarships is a pretty big deal, and I'm hopeful more schools will follow MTI, Tulsa Welding School and The Refrigeration School (RSI). We're on our way to building an affiliation of excellent trade schools that are not only determined to train the workers our country needs, but reward the kind of work ethic we all want to encourage."
Last month, Mike Rowe announced that signing The S.W.E.A.T. Pledge would be a condition of all mrW scholarships. Mary Sullivan, President of mikeroweWORKS said, "Challenging kids is a critical part of all mrW Scholarships. The S.W.E.A.T. Pledge simply means Skills & Work Ethic Aren't Taboo. That's the sentiment we want to encourage, and we're actively looking for more schools with great placement rates that share our view. The question now is who's next?"
Visit www.weldingschool.com/mrw-scholarship/ for a complete list of Terms and Conditions.
As mikeroweWORKS began to challenge the stigmas and stereotypes surrounding "alternative education," Mike Rowe quickly became the most visible and vocal advocate for millions of available jobs that required "hands-on" skill. He has testified before both houses of Congress regarding the country's widening skills gap, the emerging student loan crisis, and the ever-changing perceptions of a "good job."
In 2010, mikeroweWORKS became a non-profit Foundation and began to award tool scholarships, travel stipends, and other financial assistance to those pursuing a skilled trade. mikeroweWORKS scholarships are now synonymous with "Work Ethic Scholarship," and Mike has partnered with numerous companies and like-minded organizations to reinvigorate the skilled trades. Most recently, mikeroweWORKS teamed up with Caterpillar to launch profoundlydisconnected.com - a direct challenge to the marketing campaigns that currently promote four-year degrees at the expense of more affordable and more practical trade schools.
About Tulsa Welding School
Accredited School, ACCSC. TWS-Jacksonville is a branch campus of Tulsa Welding School, located at 2545 E. 11th St., Tulsa, OK 74104. Tulsa, OK campus is licensed by OBPVS and ASBPCE. Jacksonville, FL campus is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 2331. Accredited in Indiana by the SWIC (AC-0290) and licensed by the Mississippi Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration, License No. C-668. GI Bill Eligible (check with local campus for specific eligibility). For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete our programs, and other important information, please visit our website at: http://www.weldingschool.com/GEdisclosure.
SOURCE mikeroweWORKS Foundation; Tulsa Welding School (TWS)