Rhodes State College News

January 14, 2016
Rhodes State, Ottawa Whirlpool Develop Work, Earn & Learn Program

Whirlpool Corporation of Ottawa and Rhodes State College of Lima have developed a new program in which business or engineering technology students and technology apprentices receive work experience while pursuing their degree, earning wages and scholarship money.

Under the Work, Earn & Learn program, students earn competitive wages while working part-time during the academic year and full-time during the summer.  Students may also earn up to $2,400 in scholarships during each of the two years.  “This program will enable Whirlpool to address its skilled workforce needs while providing a unique opportunity for students from local schools to earn an associate’s degree or complete an apprenticeship debt-free,” said Al Inkrott, Human Resources Manager of Whirlpool Corporation of Ottawa.

This program is being offered to school districts in Putnam County and surrounding communities.

Engineering technology degrees under this program include Electrical, Manufacturing or other Whirlpool-approved Engineering Technology degree.  Business degrees include Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Business Administration or a related field such as Accounting, Human Resource Management or Supervision.  Technical Pathways to Apprenticeships include Introductions to Multi-Skilled or Tool and Die.

“By the end of the experience, students will have earned more than the cost of their associate’s degree or apprenticeship,” said Dr. Matt Kinkley, Rhodes State College Workforce Economic Development and Continuing Education Director. “At the same time, they will have gained work experience and position themselves for full-time employment with Whirlpool after completing their education.”

Persons interested in this program may contact the Rhodes State College Workforce Economic Development and Continuing Education department at 419-995-8406 or via email at WEDCE@rhodesstate.edu. To apply please visit the website at www.RhodesState.edu/WEL.

For more information, contact Lisa Goldstone, Director of Marketing & College Relations at 567-242-5975 or via email at goldstone.l@RhodesState.edu.

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