• Scholarships available to students who complete The Branch’s spring session

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    February 04, 2019
    For Immediate Release – February 4, 2019                  

    Brian Otten, Marketing Manager
    Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce
    715-848-5947 | botten@wausauchamber.com
    Scholarships available to students who complete The Branch’s spring session
    WAUSAU — Students at a variety of colleges and universities in central Wisconsin are invited to apply for The Branch’s spring session. Students who are accepted into and complete the program will receive a $500 scholarship. This incentive for students will be introduced in the spring 2019 session.

    The Branch is a workforce development initiative introduced by the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, Northcentral Technical College and Church Mutual Insurance Company in 2016. The program is a skills accelerator which builds business and retains talent in central Wisconsin.

    Students attending Lakeland College, Mid-State Technical College, Nicolet Area Technical College, Northcentral Technical College, Rasmussen College, UW-Marathon County, UW-Stevens Point and Upper Iowa University are invited to apply for The Branch.

    Church Mutual Insurance Company and M3 Insurance will present corporate innovation challenges to the students involved in the program’s spring 2019 session. Ansay & Associates LLC, Church Mutual Insurance Company, North Central Health Care, River Valley Bank and AROW Global have also provided challenges to student teams in five previous sessions. Northcentral Technical College has presented a pair of challenges to high school students in The Branch Academy over the last two summers.

    “The Branch asks students from around the region to solve complex problems and to be entrepreneurial while connecting to the companies that need this local talent.” said Dave Eckmann, President/CEO of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. “We live in a very talent-competitive economy and will for the next 25 years, making this program very important.”

    The program’s spring session, which will kick off on Saturday, February 23 and meet weekly on Tuesday nights beginning on February 26, is accepting student applications through Friday, February 15. Student applications for the fall 2019 session are also accepted. Those interested in serving as mentors for the program can apply on The Branch’s website.

    To view student and mentor testimonials and to watch videos from the program’s several Demo Day events, visit The Branch’s YouTube channel.

    Ansay & Associates LLC, AROW Global, Church Mutual Insurance Company, M3 Insurance, North Central Health Care and River Valley Bank are sponsors of the program and Westphal Staffing Inc is a supporter.

    For more information or to register as a student or mentor, visit The Branch’s website. Businesses that are interested in becoming involved with the program can also register projects through the site or contact Renae Krings, talent development director at the Chamber, at rkrings@wausauchamber.com or 715-848-5942.

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    The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce is the source for business information in the Wausau Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). We strengthen member businesses and enhance the region by building business success. For more information on the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, visit us online at www.wausauchamber.com or call 715-845-6231.

    Brian Otten, Marketing Manager
    (715) 848-5947
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