Wisconsin to invest $20 million in technology education and workforce training
January 18, 2018
Gov. Scott Walker has announced that Wisconsin will spend $20 million on a job training program with colleges and universities designed to prepare people for electronics manufacturing jobs. Part of the plan will inject $5 million to allow high school students to take college courses in technology before they graduate. There will also be $7 million in scholarships for students who want to improve their skill set, as well as training for high-demand fields.
Wisconsin aims to combat teacher shortage with teaching licensing changes
January 16, 2018
The state’s future teachers might face fewer challenges obtaining a teacher’s license in 2018 due to changes to the teacher licensing process the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) proposed in December. The changes would attempt to tackle a state- and nation-wide teacher shortage by streamlining the licensing process and allowing some educators to expand into new subject areas.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is preparing to open a satellite campus in Balsam Lake, WI. According to the plan, WITC would lease the Polk County’s former library building. WITC plans to remodel the building in preparation for classes beginning in fall 2018.
FVTC, Lakeland mark 40-year partnership with new transfer agreement
December 19, 2017
Fox Valley Technical College and Lakeland University Lakeland celebrated a 40-year partnership with another new credit transfer agreement. The latest collaboration provides benefits including connecting FVTC learners to Lakeland academic advisors, the opportunity for students to work in their field while continuing an education at Lakeland, scholarship opportunities for FVTC graduates, and individualized academic plans and career development services to help students launch and advance their careers.
The 'Child Care Access Means Parents in School' four-year grant was renewed for Western Technical College, awarding the campus about $268,000, making it easier for local parents to further their own education. The money helps pay for full-time child care for Western students so they can complete their programs.
NWTC’s Small Business Initiative is a program to help small business owners expand their business beyond the “first stage” or microenterprise or level. Participants can discover the skills and talents needed for business success, identify potential gaps that might be stifling growth, and develop a plan for achieving their growth goals.
Nicolet College has launched a newly-structured and highly-flexible welding program that allows students to progress through the entire curriculum at their own pace. Instead of traditional classes, the welding program consists of instructional modules that focus on specific skills in each unit.
Madison College, MSD partner to offer early college STEM academy
December 11, 2017
Starting next fall, Madison high school students will be able to attend Madison College full time, earning high school and college credit at no cost as part of a new early college STEM academy. The pilot programs is the result of a new partnership between the Madison School District and Madison College.
Gov. Walker promotes new Broadband Academy at WITC
November 28, 2017
Governor Scott Walker was at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College to highlight the college’s new Broadband Academy and the 2017-19 budget’s workforce development initiatives and historic investment in broadband expansion. WITC’s Broadband Academy teaches the fundamentals of broadband services and how broadband networks operate with different technologies.
Madison College, UW-Baraboo partner to offer free English as a Second Language courses
November 20, 2017
Madison College and UW-Baraboo/Sauk County have partnered to offer free English as a Second Language courses at the Baraboo campus. The classes are taught by Madison College instructors, focusing on career-building language skills at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
Credit agreement between WTCS, Viterbo helps nursing students advance
November 20, 2017
A new credit agreement between WTCS and Viterbo will help make it easier for nursing students to get a four-year degree. Registered nurses with a two-year degree from a technical college in the state can now fully apply those credits toward a bachelor's degree from Viterbo University.
WCTC receives $2.6 million donation to expand Integrated Manufacturing Center, buy new training equipment
November 15, 2017
Waukesha County Technical College received $2.6 million from former Signicast Corp. president and owner Walter (Terry) Lutz. His donation will allow the college to enhance and expand the Integrated Manufacturing center and purchase new training equipment.
Madison College, DOC partnership could help fill in-demand jobs
November 13, 2017
A new partnership between Madison College and the state Department of Corrections is helping to fill in-demand jobs. The technical college will be lending nearly 20 welding machines to the Stanley Correctional Institution in Chippewa County, which will then provide vocational training opportunities for inmates.
Madison College unveils new public safety training facility
November 13, 2017
Madison Area Technical College has unveiled its new public safety training facility southwest of Columbus on the site of a former racetrack. The approximately $4 million, 40-acre facility includes buildings for classroom instruction and a large paved block. It also features curved, uphill, downhill and straight roadways to mimic actual situations officers might face in the field, giving a boost to area law enforcement agencies’ training options.
WTCS, BTC award SSI Technologies with Futuremaker Partner award
November 8, 2017
The Wisconsin Technical College System and Blackhawk Technical College honored SSI Technologies, Inc. for the company’s dedicated engagement with Blackhawk over many years in efforts to promote career awareness and lifelong learning. The WTCS Futuremaker Partner award recognizes the unique, dynamic partnerships between Wisconsin's technical colleges and their employer partners.
Workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs being held at NWTC
November 7, 2017
Green Bay SCORE is hosting an Entrepreneur Index Assessment Workshop from 11:30am to 2pm on Friday, Nov. 17 at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. The workshop includes an online entrepreneurial traits assessment with a personal report provided after completing a questionnaire. Register online for the event at greenbay.score.com.
FVTC National Criminal Justice Training Center receives grant to train on victim issues
November 6, 2017
Fox Valley Technical College's National Criminal Justice Training Center received a grant to train community corrections officers and probation and parole agents to be more responsive to victims. The two-year, $450,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women will allow NCJTC to focus on victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
Madison College receives $6.5 million in grants to expand south campus earlier than planned
October 31, 2017
Madison College has received $6.5 million in grants from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates, allowing its South Campus plan expansion to be fast-tracked. The full 75,000-square-foot South Campus with wrap-around services for students will be completed in 2019, rather than in several phases over the years.
CVTC, UW-Eau Claire transfer agreement aids nursing students
October 30, 2017
Under a new agreement, Chippewa Valley Technical College nursing students can transfer credits to UW-Eau Claire to complete their bachelor’s degree with as few as 35 additional credits. The agreement specifies which CVTC courses a student should take to meet specific UW-Eau Claire requirements, combining online courses with on-campus courses.