Nine RTC Students Named Siemens Scholars

  • Published Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Published October 28, 2015
Nine students attending Renton Technical College were named inaugural 2015 Siemens Technical Scholars by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program (CEP) and the Siemens Foundation. Scholars were chosen from programs at the nation’s top community and technical colleges, all of which provide outstanding preparation for high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and information technology. The RTC students represent the largest group of scholarship recipients from a single institution in the nation.

Overall, jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are projected to grow at almost double the rate of non-STEM occupations, and a large share of these jobs are in manufacturing and healthcare industries. Technical and community colleges are crucial to meeting this demand: More than half of all STEM jobs across the United States require no more than an associate’s degree and pay wages that average more than $50,000 annually.

The Siemens Technical Scholars selection committee identified exemplary programs at top colleges named finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Programs like RTC’s Precision Machining Technologies and Surgical Technologist career training programs, that deliver exceptional training for middle-skill STEM jobs.

Renton Technical College was named as a top ten finalist for the $1.1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence in 2015 and recognized as a top performing institution for helping students be successful in four areas: learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.

Each of the Renton Technical College students listed below will receive scholarships of between $3,500 and $10,000 to continue their education or pay existing student loan debt:

Precision Machining Technologies

  • Blake Thurman
  • Patrick Murray
  • Jason Astell
  • Joshua Greenberg-Lambert

Surgical Technologist

  • Amanda Peterson
  • Dayna Fitterer
  • Erica Ormbrek
  • Iris Garcia
  • Michael Miller

When informed of the RTC scholarship recipients, Renton Technical College president Kevin McCarthy said “we are very proud of these students and the programs they represent.  Renton Technical College offers a wide array of certificate and degree programs geared to providing excellent career opportunities to individuals who in turn help our community and economy. These scholarships are a tremendous support.”

Siemens scholar Amanda Peterson

Amanda Peterson, one of nine scholarship recipients from RTC.