Wedell family establishes scholarship with Moraine Park Foundation

by speitz13. July 2010 06:17

A new memorial endowed scholarship has been established with the Moraine Park Foundation, designated for students in the apprentice programs at Moraine Park Technical College.

Kenneth E. Wedell served the apprenticeship programs at Moraine Park for 15 years as apprentice coordinator, retiring in 1986. He was a journeyworker patternmaker and had worked in the field before he redirected his career to education by helping others achieve their journeyworker status in the skilled trades. He got his start in pattern making while in the Navy, and in 1951 he graduated from Stout State University (now the University of Wisconsin–Stout) with a bachelor’s degree in industrial education then advanced to a master’s degree in the same field from the University of Minnesota. In retirement, he enjoyed woodworking, the outdoors and spending time with his family.

Wedell passed away in March 2010 at age 89. Recognizing that education can open doors to the future, his family has established the Kenneth Wedell Endowed Scholarship for Apprentices with the Moraine Park Foundation. This scholarship will assist apprentices with their tuition, fees, books and supplies.

“The apprenticeship program at Moraine Park was very important to Dad,” said daughter Ann Wedell Secrest of Anchorage, Alaska, who spoke for the family. “Dad was such a strong proponent of vocational education. We established this scholarship so Moraine Park’s apprentices will benefit and strengthen the industry in which they work.”

The Moraine Park Foundation has eight endowed scholarships and 19 annual scholarships that honor the memories of loved ones and make a difference for current students. For more information about the Foundation or establishing an endowed scholarship, visit morainepark.edu/foundation.