Jack Jaeger – mrWF Work Ethic Scholarship
Jack is a testament to work ethic. He got his first job in grade school cutting grass for a gear manufacturer in Milwaukee. Management noticed his hard work and dedication. By the time he was in high school, Jack operated machines in the shop. He also worked weekends with his dad on jobsites remodeling homes. His dad taught him how to drywall, paint and install crown molding. Carpentry seemed like a career option for a time, but after seeing how business slowed during the harsh Wisconsin winters, Jack decided he wanted to pursue something with a little more job security.
His high school counselor did everything he could to push Jack into a four year program. “I couldn’t see myself sitting at a desk all day,” Jack told me, “And I was never a big fan of school,” which is surprising since he got excellent grades. Jack’s two sisters were both in four-year programs, and he took notice of the student loans they accumulated. He didn’t want to start his professional career in debt, so Jack decided to pursue what really interested him – taking things apart and fixing them.
Jack attended an open house at Waukesha County Technical College during high school. He said, “I spent the majority of my time in the Industrial Maintenance shop asking questions. I just knew that course was the right fit for me.” Jack’s mom helped him find not only the mikeroweWORKS work ethic scholarship but 3 other grants and scholarships.
Jack pursued a Certificate in Industrial Maintenance straight out of high school. At his school’s first Job Fair, Jack was offered and accepted a part-time job maintaining printing presses. In March of 2017, Jack was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society and in May of 2018 he will graduate debt free.