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.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments.
"We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson.
Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's.
"We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent.
The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants.
"For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent.
"We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth.
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