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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. 

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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.

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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

Wisconsin GI Bill expands education benefit eligibility

Thanks to a recent change by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, more veterans' spouses and children will be eligible for education benefits. With a recent expansion of the Wisconsin GI Bill, local colleges will be able to serve more veterans and their family’s educational needs.

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NWTC unveils new Transportation Center

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College has unveiled its new 63,000-square foot Transportation Center. The building will house the college's Automotive, Auto Collision and new Diesel Medium and Heavy Truck programs.

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CVTC invites men to explore cosmetology

Chippewa Valley Technical College is inviting men to explore a career in an increasingly female-dominated field. The Men in Cosmetology Boot Camp, designed to introduce prospective males students to the field, will be held from 9am – 1pm on Friday, Oct. 27 on the CVTC campus.

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Western Agriculture students get hands-on experience in the field

Farm business and production management program students from Western Technical College participated in a field experience near Bangor. The students got a hands-on introduction to latest tractor and harvesting equipment as well as experience taking soil samples and collecting data on field performance such as yield.

Read more: The Delaney Family: Work hard, play hard, love hard

MATC, Cardinal Stritch agreement leads to accelerated nursing program

Milwaukee Area Technical College and Cardinal Stritch University have signed an agreement to help nursing students get their degrees faster. MATC nursing students will now be able to concurrently enroll at Cardinal Stritch and earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as one semester.

Read more: 4-year degree in 1 semester: MATC teams up with Cardinal Stritch to help nursing students

Transfer agreement allows FVTC business credits to transfer to UW-Green Bay

A transfer agreement now allows students who earn an associate's degree in business from Fox Valley Technical College to transfer to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with junior standing. Students who take advantage of the option could transfer as many as 60 credits to UWGB and save nearly $11,000, based on an analysis of each institution's per-credit costs.

Read more: Fox Valley Tech business credits will transfer to UWGB

Roger Stanford inaugurated as Western Technical College president

Western Technical College is under new leadership. At a Saturday afternoon Ceremony, Roger Stanford was installed as the seventh president of the college. He succeeds former President, Lee Rasch. 

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New firefighter training center at NWTC makes its debut

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay held a ribbon-cutting for its new firefighting training center. It's a new tool in training new firefighters and help experienced ones brush up on their skills. The tower cost $1.1 million to build and it serves 98 fire departments in seven counties.

Read more: NWTC unveils firefighter training center

Microsoft rolls out TechSpark Initiative at FVTC

Fox Valley Technical College was chosen by Microsoft for a new program aimed at providing broadband access to rural areas while also teaching young people about digital skills and careers. The TechSpark Initiative is designed to bring industry and education together to teach computer science in schools.

Read more: Microsoft programs aimed at sparking tech skills and jobs in northeast Wisconsin

Western unveils new Industrial Automation Lab

Western Technical College has unveiled its new Ashley Furniture Industrial Automation Lab. The lab features six robots and three simulator units to train students of the Electromechanical Technology program. The robots were donated to Western through a foundation set up by the founders of Ashley Furniture. That foundation also paid to have Western faculty certified on the new equipment.

Read more: Western cuts ribbon on new Automation Lab

Upper Iowa, WTCS announce tuition grant for tech college grads

The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and Upper Iowa University (UIU) have announced a new tuition grant for Wisconsin technical college graduates. All WTCS graduates automatically qualify for a grant that will offset a portion of the cost of tuition when attending UIU.

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NWTC hosts Girls in Trade event for local middle school students

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College hosted local middle school students for its Girls in Trades event. About 200 Green Bay-area girls had the opportunity to try masonry, robotics, biomedical electronics, prototyping and CNC machines and hear from local employers. 

Read more: Green Bay-area girls learn about trades