Church Mutual® celebrates first IT Scholars graduateFebruary 9, 20212 min read
MERRILL, Wis. – “We couldn’t be prouder of him,” said Craig Huss, assistant vice president – IT and chief security officer. “It’s kind of like being a parent, we got to watch Hunter grow and turn into a really great young man.”
Huss is talking about 22-year-old Hunter Reiff, the first graduate from Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I.’s (a stock insurer)1, IT Scholars Program. Through the IT Scholars Program, Church Mutual pays for a Wisconsin high school graduate’s tuition, up to a bachelor’s degree, with the agreement they will continue to work for the organization after graduation. And it’s a win-win for the student and Church Mutual.
“This is a way to build for our future at Church Mutual and ensure we have the best possible people to lead our IT departments in the years to come,” Huss explained. “We match the students with seasoned professionals, helping them learn and apply classroom concepts immediately.”
While Reiff agrees the ability to apply what he learned is one of the best parts, he can’t brush off the financial benefits the program has provided him.
“Not having student loans has allowed me to invest in other aspects of my future at a very young age,” Reiff said. “This will set me up not only for the immediate future, but also retirement. Plus, knowing I had a job lined up after graduation was a huge relief!”
Church Mutual has five other students currently enrolled in the program, adding a couple each year. Students first attend Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, Wisconsin, to obtain an associate degree and then transfer seamlessly to University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point for their bachelor’s degree, all while working part-time for the company.