While the CEO and owner of a Rush City, Minn.-based custom injection molder never attended college, he is giving the opportunity to local high school seniors who might otherwise not have had the chance.
Dennis Frandsen, CEO and owner of Plastech Corp. and founder of parent company Frandsen Corp., announced in April that he is offering two years of paid tuition, as well as $1,000 toward textbooks and supplies, to Rush City High School seniors to attend Pine Technical and Community College in nearby Pine City, Minn.
Rush City School District Superintendent Teresa Dupre said the high school has 59 seniors with 100 percent expected to graduate on June 3. Max Anderson, recruitment and admissions specialist at Pine Technical, said the college expects about 30 Rush City High School seniors to accept the scholarship and attend school in the fall.
Frandsen's aid is good for "a six-semester scholarship — summer, fall, spring, summer, fall, spring — for whatever students want to go for," Anderson said.
"We have a lot of students that are planning on coming with this scholarship that were traditionally looking into a four-year school and are now coming to work on the AA program," Anderson said, referring to an Associate of Arts degree. "We also have a lot of students who were either planning on going into the trades or had no idea what they wanted to do who are now going to come, even just for a one-year welding diploma. It's the whole range."
Anderson said the programs at PTCC that Rush City seniors can consider for study are welding, machining, nursing and an Associate of Arts degree of general education credits.