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Students can earn $500 scholarship during The Branch’s fall session

Students can earn $500 scholarship during The Branch’s fall session



For Immediate Release – September 7, 2023


Brian Otten, Marketing Director
Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce
715-848-5947 |


Students can earn $500 scholarship during The Branch’s fall session


WAUSAU — Students from a variety of colleges and universities in central Wisconsin will participate in The Branch’s fall session which kicks off on the evening of Monday, October 16 at the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce’s new headquarters in downtown Wausau. The Branch teaches collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking as teams work on challenges sponsored by local businesses.


Once again this fall, college students who are accepted into and complete the program will receive a $500 scholarship. Many will qualify for credit at their college, too. The program also invites those who are not students, but who would benefit from this opportunity to ‘upskill,’ to apply for the fall session. Those interested in participating can review the fall schedule and apply on through Monday, October 2.


 “The Branch asks students from around the region to solve complex problems and to be entrepreneurial while connecting to the companies that need this local talent.” said Dave Eckmann, President/CEO of the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce. “We live in a very talent-competitive economy and will for the next 25 years, making this program very important to develop and retain the young members of our community.”


The Branch is a workforce development initiative introduced by the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, Northcentral Technical College and Church Mutual Insurance Company in 2016. The program aims to build business and retain talent in central Wisconsin. The program’s previous Demo Day events, including the most recent held in December 2022, can be viewed on The Branch’s YouTube channel.


AROW Global Corp, Ansay & Associates LLCChurch Mutual Insurance Company, S.I., the Greater Wausau Chamber of CommerceIncredible BankM3 InsuranceNorth Central Health CareRuder Ware LLSC and Westphal Staffing Inc are sponsors of the program. UWSP at Wausau and the Wausau River District are program partners.


For more information or to register as a coach for a team, visit Businesses that are interested in becoming involved with the program can also register projects through the site or contact Lukas Lindner, workforce and programs assistant at the Chamber, at or 715-848-5966.


Caption IMG-5314-1.jpg: Students in The Branch’s fall 2022 session presented their project solutions to the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce on Friday, December 9, 2022 at Northcentral Technical College.


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The Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce is the source for business information in the Wausau Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). We strengthen member businesses and enhance the region by building business success. For more information on the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce, visit us online at or call 715-845-6231.



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