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announces largest Women in the Trades Scholarship class.
Dwyer Franchising, LLC, one of the world’s largest franchising
companies of trade service brands, has announced the largest Women
in the Trade Scholarship class since the program was launched in
WACO, TX – Dwyer Franchising, LLC (“Dwyer Group”), one of the
world’s largest franchising companies of trade service brands, has
announced the largest Women in the Trade (WITT) Scholarship class
since the program was launched in 2012 by Dina Dwyer-Owens, co-chair
of Dwyer Group. Eight recipients were awarded a scholarship for the
upcoming 2018 spring semester for their outstanding work, experience
and passion for their chosen service trades industry.
The WITT initiative is one of the most recognizable efforts to
educate and promote the hiring of women for traditionally
male-dominated roles in the trades industry. The scholarships are
available to women working towards a career in the trades, to
students studying for a career in the trades, or to front-line
female employees at franchise locations for any of Dwyer Group’s
service brands. To-date the WITT program has awarded a total of
$49,000 to 35 scholarship recipients.
“We are thrilled to see this program continue to grow year after
said Dwyer-Owens. “These eight women awarded the scholarships have
shown their commitment to advancing their careers in the service
trades, and we here at Dwyer Group are proud to contribute to their
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'The need for
skilled service tradespeople is at an all-time high and at Dwyer
Group we are focused on ways to recruit dedicated and
high-quality people for these jobs.'
The 2018 WITT spring recipients include two-time recipient
Brenda Hart of Dacano, CO, who is working towards a career in
HVAC. Hart has come a long way from an office worker and is now
halfway complete with her HVAC certification. She credits her
change of career to watching Dwyer-Owens on an episode of
Undercover Boss episode, which aired six years ago.
Scholarship recipients also include: Lauren Cassa of Hamilton,
ON, Cheyenne Benge of Yakima, WA, and Shelley Malloy of Bath,
MI, pursuing careers in HVAC; Lubelia Gocool of Phoenix, AZ,
pursuing a career in restoration; Jacqueline Chouanard of
Oshawa, ON, pursuing a master appliance repair technician
certification; and Kristen Vance and Mary Joan Millane of
Suwanee, GA, both enrolling in courses to become Certified
remodeling Project Managers.
Gocool, Chouanard, Vance, Millane and Hart are all employed by
franchisees of Dwyer Group brands.
“The need for skilled service tradespeople is at an all-time
high and at Dwyer Group we are focused on ways to recruit
dedicated and high-quality people for these jobs,” said
Dwyer-Owens. “The WITT scholarships are just a starting point
for these women as they begin to make great strides within their
desired trade industry.”
The WITT scholarship is open to women 18 and older interested in
pursuing a career in the trades and covers tuition, books,
travel and/or fees. Funds can be applied to any accredited trade
or technical school or certification program in the United
States or Canada for specialties including: HVAC, plumbing,
electrical repair, glass repair and replacement, appliance
repair, restoration, painting, landscaping, residential cleaning
or handyman services.
Candidates are evaluated based upon financial needs, previous
work experience and their passion for their chosen industry. For
more information and to apply, visit:
https://www.dwyergroup.com/women-in-trades.asp or email