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Stoughton Trailers and Wahlin Foundation partner on workforce development; name new Fellow

Nov. 17, 2023
Stoughton Trailers and the Wahlin Foundation partnered with the University of Wisconsin to offer a total sum of $125,000 in stipends and scholarships

Stoughton Trailers and the Wahlin Foundation partnered with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater College of Business and Economics to inspire the next generation of Wisconsin’s workforce leaders and name Dr. Yamin Ahmad Wahlin a Foundation Distinguished Fellow.

The Wahlin Foundation Distinguished Fellowship is a $10,000 stipend awarded in each of the next five years to a qualifying supporter of business college programs. There is also a Stoughton Trailers Student Scholarship program that provides ten $1,500 scholarships in each of the next five years.

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“Now, more than ever, people, education, and research are at the forefront of our business world,” said Betsy McClimon, executive director, The Wahlin Foundation. “The Wahlin Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater share a common vision and ideas to promote a better future. We are excited to partner with the UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics, and its outstanding students, faculty, and alumni.”

With the addition of this new role, Dr. Ahmad will provide mentorship, collaborate with the Information and Technology Supply Chain Department, and serve as a bridge between workforce needs and the aspirations of College of Business and Technology students.

“Programs like this one from The Wahlin Foundation and Stoughton Trailers draw attention to the importance of collaboration to meet workforce needs,” Dr. Ahmad said. “The college has the opportunity to hear first-hand about the qualities and skills desired of graduates from regional business owners and students are able to make connections with would-be employers—all while helping students cover the cost of higher education. It is a win all around.”

Dr. Ahmad is both an economics professor at Whitewater and serves as the department chair. He earned both a PhD and MA in Economics from Georgetown University, an MSc in Economics and Econometrics from Bristol University in the United Kingdom, and a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science also in the UK. He has been with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater since 2004.