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Quinn Palmer owns a house. He has three kids ages 14, 7 and 2. And his wife was laid off from her job as a program analyst at Aurora Medical in September. A third-year Milwaukee Area Technical College student pursuing on-the-job steamfitter training, Palmer earns just 60 percent of a full-time steamfitter salary.

“When I first got into the trade, I went from a sales job where I was making $22 an hour to $14 an hour. And all I could think of was ‘what did I get myself into?’” Palmer said. Bills started piling us and “to sum it up, I have a lot on my plate.”

Since last year, MATC has been offering help to students in situations like Palmer’s in the form of Jim Elliott Apprentice Scholarships. While apprentices have not historically been eligible for student financial aid, these $1,000 scholarships are specifically designed for apprentices in the construction trades. They are awarded based on financial need....

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