ANTIGO - Many people struggle to keep up with the rising cost of college.
One local technical college is trying to help.
Thursday is "A Day for NTC Students" at the Northcentral Technical College in Antigo.
Employees team up and call on area businesses to donate to the NTC Foundation.
The money goes to scholarships for NTC students.
"The program started because we have a need. Over 80 percent of our students are financially aidable and need assistance. Now this short term program that we're talking about today, those are for students who don't even have an eligibility for financial aid but still have a significant financial need," explains NTC Foundation Executive Director Jeannie Worden.
Langlade Hospital started a matching campaign a few years ago.
This year, it will match donations up to $5,000.
The hospital believes helping NTC students pay for their schooling ends up benefiting the hospital and its patients.
"25 percent of our nurses came from NTC. In the last year, about 70 percent of our medical assistants came out of the NTC program, and about 50 percent of the nurses we hired the last year. So you can see these are local people who are well-trained and it's an investment. This endowment is an investment in our community," says Langlade Hospital Executive Director David Schneider.
Medical students aren't the only NTC students that stay in the Antigo area once they grauduate.
72 percent of NTC students end up working for local businesses.
That means businesses that donate likely see a return investment.
The NTC Foundation hopes to raise $12,000 Thursday.
The program's raised more than $160,000 over the last 14 years.
The Wausau campus has its own fundraising day.
You can call (715) 803-1302 to donate, or visit the website linked below.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Winter can be hard on everything, but you might not think it's hard on fish. They're protected under a layer of ice from the weather. But that layer of ice can create problems if it lasts too long.
"You don't get enough light penetration that goes down into the water. So there's no photosynthesis by the algae in the water so there's no oxygen that's produced," says Jim Kreitlow, DNR Lakes Biologist
Big bucks to expand nutrition, physical education in Wisconsin schools
WISCONSIN - Seven Wisconsin school districts have been awarded a total of $3.2 million in federal grants to help them expand their nutrition and physical-education programs.
To qualify, the districts have to implement programs that teach students healthy eating habits and good nutrition. They also have to make sure kids have access to certain physical fitness activities, which could include fitness assessments or developing certain team skills.
The largest grant is going to the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, which will receive about $850,000. The Mukwonago Area School District and Pittsville School District will each get about $445,000.
WISCONSIN - Six out of ten people with Alzheimers and dementia will wander off at some point.
That puts them at risk for injury or even death. And not all of those people are found quickly enough.
That's why Governor Scott Walker recently signed a bill that will help find them quicker.
The Wisconsin Silver Alert bill will create a program that works like an Amber Alert for missing children.
An effective alert system is crucial to the Northwoods because of the growing aging population and severe winter weather.
For advocacy groups like the Alzheimer's Association, the new bill is a huge victory.
"Family caregivers of people who have Alzheimers, or another type of dementia are worried and concerned about whether or not their loved one might wander away from home," said Julie St. Pierre, an outreach specialist for the Alzheimer's Association in Rhinelander. "It's very important that those caregivers out there know that there are important resources that can help keep their loved ones safe in the home. The Silver Alert is certainly now a part of that safety net that we have in place."
The Alzheimer's Association was just one group that worked closely with the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network to get this bill passed.
A coordinator for the network believes this system will save lives.
"This bill really advances [us] one step forward in addressing the needs of an aging population. And that's extremely important in the Northwestern part of Wisconsin," said Joe Libowsky, coordinator for the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network. "In the Rhinelander area, where you have fairly severe weather, it makes the urgency of getting out the alert as quickly as possible even more important."
The alert system will heavily involve all 500 law enforcement agencies in the state to respond to at-risk adults who are reported missing.
Wisconsin joins 30 other states with a silver alert system.
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