Students in one of Lake Area Technical Institute’s programs spent time in Madison on Wednesday learning about different career opportunities that are available for them upon graduation. Kerry Stager, a Financial Services Instructor for Lake Area Tech, brought close to 40 students from the Watertown campus to FirstLine Funding Group in Madison. Stager said that it’s good exposure for the students.
Stager said the Financial Services program at Lake Area is a two-year program, and Wednesday’s visit is a way to expose the students to what FirstLine Funding has to offer them.
Kim Kringen, FirstLine Funding Vice President and Business Development Officer, said they currently employ 62 full-time and 23 part-time employees at their location in the Lakeview Industrial Park. She said they continue to look for options to grow their workforce and that’s how their partnership with Lake Area Tech got started. Currently, FirstLine Funding offers a couple of workforce scholarships to LATI students that will help them with tuition costs, while asking for a commitment to the company after graduation. Kringen said this idea came about after she spent time visiting their classes last spring.
Kringen said that FirstLine Funding is a local, community-focused company that works with alternative finance for businesses nationwide.