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Wisconsin to invest $20 million in technology education and workforce training

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.

Read more: Walker Unveils $20M Technology Job Training Initiative

Wisconsin aims to combat teacher shortage with teaching licensing changes

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.

Read more: State to combat teacher shortage with teacher licensing changes, public invited to give input

WITC to open satellite campus in Balsam Lake

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.

Read more: WITC will open satellite campus in Polk County

FVTC, Lakeland mark 40-year partnership with new transfer agreement

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.

Read more: FVTC, Lakeland mark 40-year partnership

Child care grant helps working parents at Western

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.

Read more: Child care grant to help working parents at Western Technical College

New program at NWTC to help small business owners

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.

Read more: NWTC gets USDA grant to help small businesses

Nicolet launches newly structured welding program

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.

Read more: Nicolet College welding program restructured

Madison College, MSD partner to offer early college STEM academy

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.

Read more: STEM academy to bring high school juniors to MATC campus full time

Young adults, teens show increasing interest in agriculture

Two school programs in central Wisconsin are helping young adults get into an agricultural field, and they're growing in popularity.

At Wausau East High School, 170 teens in the local FFA club have ambitions to pursue a career in the agricultural field.

Read more: Interest in agriculture growing with young adults

Gov. Walker promotes new Broadband Academy at WITC

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.

Read more: Gov. Walker: Highlights workforce development & broadband expansion initiatives at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

Madison College, UW-Baraboo partner to offer free English as a Second Language courses

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.

Read more: MATC, Boo-U partner to offer language courses in Baraboo for non-English speaking residents

Credit agreement between WTCS, Viterbo helps nursing students advance

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.

Read more: New credit agreement helps nurses advance

WCTC receives $2.6 million donation to expand Integrated Manufacturing Center, buy new training equipment

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. 

Read more: Former Signicast owner, foundation donating $2.6 million to WCTC

Madison College, DOC partnership could help fill in-demand jobs

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. 

Read more: Partnership between Madison College, DOC could help fill in-demand jobs

Madison College unveils new public safety training facility

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.

Read more: Madison Area Technical College unveils new facility for law enforcement students and agencies

WTCS, BTC award SSI Technologies with Futuremaker Partner award

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.

Read more: SSI Technologies recognized as Futuremaker Partner

Workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs being held at NWTC

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

Read more: Are you cut out to be an entrepreneur? Find out at this workshop

FVTC National Criminal Justice Training Center receives grant to train on victim issues

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. 

Read more: National Criminal Justice Training Center lands grant to train on victim issues

Madison College receives $6.5 million in grants to expand south campus earlier than planned

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. 

Read more: Grants allow Madison College south campus to build full campus by 2019

CVTC, UW-Eau Claire transfer agreement aids nursing students

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.

Read more: CVTC, UWEC agreement hopes to help nursing students