WCCC Student Receives Mike Rowe WORKS Ethic Scholarship

 Adult Technical Training student, Russell Young, has been awarded the Mike Rowe WORKS Work Ethic Scholarship. 

Mike Rowe, creator of the television hit “Dirty Jobs”, started a foundation in 2002 with a purpose which centers on challenging the stereotypes and stigmas that discourage people from pursuing the millions of available skilled trade jobs. The Work Ethic Scholarship has granted more than $5 million in scholarships to help people get training that will help close the ever-increasing need for the skilled trades.


Young is enrolled in The Career Center's Adult Technical Training, in the Instrumentation and Electricity Technician (I&E) program. He completed the scholarship after his I&E program instructor, Steve McLain, encouraged him to apply. “Mr. McClain told me that I had the characteristics and qualifications for the scholarship and should consider applying,” said Young. He added, “The entire application process took only a few hours, with questions pertaining to work ethic, ability to take personal responsibility, and having a positive attitude.”

Young is a 2019 graduate of Waterford High School and works at Franchino’s Wood Working; he began working upon graduation and has continued to work while attending school. His path to The Career Center began with a friend telling him about a tour they took of the school. His friend recommended that Young consider attending because he was interested in the electrical field. After touring the I&E program with John Moore, Industrial Program Coordinator, Young says that he knew The Career Center was the best fit for him. He attributed his selection of the school to the hands-on training atmosphere, with equipment that is the same as those found in area plants.


Tony Huffman, Director of Adult Technical Training, discussed the great work that Mike Rowe is accomplishing, “The Mike Rowe Foundation is one of the leading pioneers in our country, recognizing the value of technical training for recent high school graduates and adults. I am so very encouraged that one of our students was awarded this scholarship. More and more people every day are realizing the benefits of postsecondary skills training at adult career centers. With the ability to train in a year or less and enter an in-demand, well-paying position, WCCC, Adult Technical Training is a great option.”

Additionally, there are many financial aid options and scholarship opportunities for students, according to Wendy Ketelsen, Financial Aid Coordinator at the WCCC. She added, “Young took the initiative to learn more about the scholarship and put the time into applying and his effort certainly paid off.”  WCCC accepts outside scholarships, as well as the Federal Pell Grant and also offers its own scholarship for 30 percent off tuition up to $1,000, or up to $2,000 (for WCCC High School graduates), to those that have graduated high school within the last five years.  Another funding grant is WIOA (Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act), which is operated through most county Job and Family Service agencies. Ketelson advises students to also ask organizations or employers whether they offer scholarships. "The school is committed to having every student leave school with no student loan debt," said Ketelsen, "And we work closely with students on all available funding options.

Additional information about the Mike Rowes scholarship and foundation, as well as a list of 2020 recipients can be found at


The Career Center’s Adult Technical Training Center is located on State Route 676.  For enrollment information call 740-373-6283 or visit