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Gateway plans $5M expansion to help train Foxconn workforce

Gateway Technical College is planning a multi-million dollar expansion to meet the industrial workforce training needs for Foxconn. The GTC Board of Trustees voted to seek a $5 million state grant to pay to add on to the existing worker training facility on the college’s Sturtevant campus.

Read more: Gateway plans $5M expansion to help train Foxconn workforce

Gateway adds culinary, hospitality management diplomas

Two new programs offered at Gateway Technical College this semester aim to provide students with the skills to enter the culinary and hospitality industries within a year. The Culinary Assistant and Foundations of Lodging and Hospitality Management programs will provide training for both in-demand career fields.

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Madison College, MMSD team up to create Early College STEM Academy

A partnership between Madison College and the Madison Metropolitan School District aims to increase the number of girls and students of color who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The Early College S.T.E.M. Academy will recruit a total of 25 juniors and seniors from Madison East and La Follette high schools. The program will be free for MMSD students.

Read more: Madison School District and Madison College partner for S.T.E.M. academy

Church Mutual and NTC team up to offer IT Scholar Program

Select information technology students from Northcentral Technical College can now work part-time for Church Mutual in their IT department while attending NTC and have the opportunity to transfer to a four-year college to earn their bachelor's degree. Those who do will be hired by Church Mutual out of college.

Read more: Church Mutual Insurance starts NTC scholarship

Turbocharge with College Credit aims to boost career pathways for Green Bay high schoolers

Called “Turbocharge with College Credit,” a partnership between the Green Bay Area school district, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay aims to enable every Green Bay Area Public School student to graduate with a minimum of 15 credits toward a certificate, credential, apprenticeship, or progress toward a college degree or to enter the military with a greater level of readiness.

Read more: Groups aim to 'Turbocharge' next steps for high school students

Madison College and Wisconsin Technical College System honor American Family Insurance

Madison, WI - The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and Madison College honored American Family Insurance Tuesday evening for its commitment to technical education and recognition of its value to individuals, employers and Wisconsin communities. The WTCS Futuremaker Partner award recognizes the unique, dynamic partnerships between Wisconsin's technical colleges and their employer partners.

Read more: Award recognizes commitment to education and value to individuals, employers and communities

WITC now offering four start dates every semester

It’s now easier than ever to enroll in college classes and receive financial aid (if eligible) with the Start Now program available at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC).


With four entry dates every semester, there’s no need to wait for the start of a semester to begin classes. This innovative model provides interested students with nine possible times to register for college: four entry points per semester and one in the summer. Class lengths are offered in 12-, eight-, and four-week sessions that cover the material and meet the academic rigor of a traditional 16-week course.

Read more: Option allows busy, working students to tailor their education start

Central Wisconsinites continue to help Texas

Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas, people in central Wisconsin continue to offer aid to the state.


It's not just individuals, but church groups and law enforcement agencies are still collecting items to send to impacted areas.

Read more: Mid-State Technical College instructors among volunteers

Madison College student stays motivated despite DACA's uncertain future

MADISON (WKOW) -- A DACA recipient who attends college is staying motivated to stick to his career plan despite the program's uncertain future.


As of Tuesday, officials with the Trump Administration announced they plan to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals within six months. The five-year-long program has allowed children of undocumented immigrants to pass background checks and work legally in the United States.

Read more: Potential workforce faces deportation while employers clammer for help

Green County cheesemaker deals with employee churn

In her almost 30 years working in human resources, Wendy Cuevas has never experienced the kind of difficulty hiring workers as she has today.


At Monroe-based Klondike Cheese, where Cuevas is human resources manager, she has hired 188 temporary and full-time workers over the past year — for a company that only has 205 employees total. The starting wage is $13 an hour.

Read more: 670 job openings represented at career fair to only 42 job seekers

Western joins 'Achieving the Dream' network, focuses on diversity and inclusion

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A local college is joining other two-year institutions to focus on campus diversity and inclusion.


Western Technical College joined the 'Achieving the Dream' network which aims to support the academic success of low- income and minority students.

Read more: In support of diverse student body, Western Technical College joins 'Achieving the Dream' Network

Rural Wisconsin faces shortage of volunteer EMTs

As years go on, the service provided by volunteer first responders in rural Wisconsin is slowly decreasing.These volunteers are known as emergency medical technicians, or EMTs. An EMT is a first responder to emergencies such as car accidents, traumas, heart attacks and childbirth.The volunteer EMTs, which many rural areas depend upon, have a large set of responsibilities, and they do it all without pay.

Read more: Shortage of volunteer EMTs presents challenges to rural communities

CVTC receives grant to boost tech ed at area schools

Chippewa Valley Technical College Foundation, Inc. has received a $133,200 grant from 3M to help build career pathways in manufacturing. The grant is designed to support CVTC in developing the skills and knowledge of high school teachers and students in automation and mechatronics. 

Read more: 3M grant to help CVTC boost tech ed at area schools

MPTC tweaks culinary program to keep pace with an evolving industry

Moraine Park Technical College has made some tweaks to its Culinary Arts program to reflect changes in the industry. The program now includes instruction on sustainable food production, farm-to-table food preparations, preparation of smoked and cured meats, artisan baking, street foods and more. 

Read more: MPTC Tweaking Culinary Arts Program

SWTC, Western ranked among Top 20 Community Colleges in U.S.

To determine where students can receive the best education at the lowest price, WalletHub’s analysts compared more than 700 community colleges across 14 key indicators of cost and quality. Their data set ranges from the cost of in-state tuition and fees to student-faculty ratio to graduation rate. 

Read more: 2017’s Best & Worst Community Colleges

With statewide partnership, WCMA launches Internship Exchange

The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association has partnered with the Wisconsin Technical College System, the UW System, and the State of Wisconsin's new WisConnect program to launch Internship Exchange, a program designed to enhance the industry's workforce pipeline. The program will pair interested students with dairy products manufacturers and processors and their supplier partners in the various fields

Read more: WCMA Launches Internship Exchange

NWTC to offer drone certification program

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College will be offering a program this fall. The 14-week certificate program will cover a variety of topics including legal matters, safe usage, and hands-on flying experience. Classes are scheduled to start September 9.

Read more: NWTC to offer drone program

Nicolet launches new culinary management degree

Nicolet recently launched its new Culinary Management associate degree. The new credential is geared more for those interested in the operation of a business in the food industry. Classes start August 28.

Read more: Nicolet College launches new culinary management degree

MATC offers Career Pathway Program for students working on pre-college studies

Students in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program and those working on their General Education Development certificate (GED), High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) or Adult High School credentials at Milwaukee Area Technical College now have the opportunity to work concurrently on a college-level Career Pathway Program. 

Read more: Students Can Earn Career Completion Certificates While Working on GED, HSED, High School Completion Programs or ESL at MATC

Mid-State adds five new programs for the fall

Mid-State Technical College isoffering five new degree programs in the fall: agribusiness and science technology; business analyst; emergency services management; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; and IT computer support specialist. 

Read more: Five new programs coming to Mid-State this fall