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CLC Learn and Earn program awards scholarships

Central Lakes College will open the Learn and Earn application on May 1 for fall placement.

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Three Central Lakes College students earned scholarships through the Learn and Earn program. Pictured are: James Gedde, scholarship recipient (left); Don Lenahan, general manager of Grand View Lodge, Spa &amp; Golf Resort; Taylor Hayford, scholarship recipient; Kate Adornetto, CLC Foundation director; and Zachary Nelson, scholarship recipient.<br/>
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BRAINERD — Central Lakes College announced the success of its pilot Learn and Earn Program, with the awarding of three student scholarships in conjunction with Grand View Lodge, Spa & Golf Resort.

Scholarship recipients include: Taylor Hayford, accounting; James Gedde, associate of arts; and Zachary Nelson, business transfer pathway.

In its first semester, the Learn and Earn Program benefits both CLC students and local businesses. Students apply to open positions with an area business that focuses on the students’ career path and, if employed, are eligible to receive a scholarship. In addition to being awarded a scholarship from the respective businesses, the student also gains professional experience, along with a paying job during their academic program at CLC. Further, students receive specialized academic and career coach services at CLC.

“The college and the foundation benefit from relationships with businesses in the community to leverage resources and services for our students," said CLC Foundation Director Kate Adornetto, in a news release. “We have had several businesses support the Learn and Earn concept and I feel confident that we will continue to build strong community partnerships for our students.”

The program also helps local businesses recruit CLC students to be new employees in their organization while attending college.


“We need people, and what better resource than our closest community college, Central Lakes College. This program gives us an opportunity to find qualified employees, while helping them pursue their professional, career dreams,” said Merrick Dresnin, Grand View company director of human resources, in a news release. “Learn & Earn is a win-win-win. It’s great for Grand View Lodge Spa & Golf Resort, great for CLC, and fantastic for our community’s brightest students!”

Scholarship recipient Taylor Hayford said, “The Learn and Earn Scholarships are helping me learn how to balance my responsibilities, while also meeting new people.”

“It’s a great opportunity,” said fellow recipient Nelson. “You get a good job that pays decent and get a scholarship on top of that!”

Central Lakes College will open the Learn and Earn application on May 1 for fall placement.

For more about the program, visit clcmn.edu/learn-and-earn-scholarship-program .

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