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WCTC, Mount Mary team up to offer 1-2-1 Nursing Program

Waukesha County Technical College and Mount Mary University and now offer a joint 1-2-1 Nursing Program to tackle Wisconsin's nursing shortage. The nursing student's first year will be at Mount Mary University. Their next two years are spent at WCTC. The student's final year is back at Mount Mary where they'll earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Read more: Two area schools team up to tackle nursing shortage

WPS offers scholarships to students planning to enroll in technical college

The Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, in partnership with the Wisconsin Technical College System, is accepting applications for its annual technical college scholarships to high school seniors. Students who live in the WPS service area and plan to enroll in Fox Valley Technical College, Lakeshore Technical College, Mid-State Technical College, Nicolet Technical College, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College or Northcentral Technical College are eligible to receive a scholarship of $750.

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Gateway will train and certify 3,000 CNAs through WisCaregiver Career Program

Gateway Technical College has received a federal grant to train and certify 3,000 Certified Nursing Assistants statewide who will be targeted for work at long-term care facilities. The WisCaregiver Career Program will cover the training, textbooks, vaccinations, background checks, scrubs and certification exams for the first 2,000 successful applicants through the Wisconsin Technical College System. Another 1,000 students will receive funding for training and testing through state-approved nursing home nurse aide training programs.

Read more: WisCaregiver program strives to address Certified Nursing Assistant shortage

CVTC expands OSHA training services

Local businesses will now be able to obtain a higher level of training on Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) compliance issues because of new agreement that names Chippewa Valley Technical College as a host site for the National Safety Education Center (NSEC). CVTC will now offer OSHA-recognized training courses through their association with NSEC. 

Read more: CVTC to expand OSHA training services

LTC receives $25,000 from Kaysun Corporation for scholarship support

Lakeshore Technical College has received a gift of $25,000 from Kaysun Corporation of Manitowoc to provide scholarship support for LTC students — $15,000 of which will be designated to support the LTC Promising Futures Scholarship Campaign with the remainder going toward the Kaysun Corporation Manufacturing Scholarship.

Read more: Kaysun $25K gift provides LTC scholarships

Southwest Tech grad invents auto body repair tool now marketed nationwide

Prairie du Chien resident and Southwest Technical College graduate Matt Finn has developed a spot weld chisel to assist with auto repair work. Lisle launched the tool in late October and had sold more than 1,600 units through the end of December. The company is paying to have the chisel patented.

Read more: Former Midlander invents tool now marketed nationwide

Scholarship fund aims to help transition from jail to society in La Crosse community

A $12,000 goal for 2018 has been established for a new scholarship/educational fund to assist currently or formerly incarcerated people of color in the La Crosse community transition from jail to society. The scholarship/educational fund is a partnership between the local chapter of Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) and the Western Foundation at Western Technical College.

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February is Career and Technical Education Month

February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, and it comes at the perfect time to celebrate the students, apprentices, teachers, technical colleges and industry partners who are growing the career readiness of America's construction workforce. Unfortunately, we've neglected CTE over the years, and now we're beginning to pay for it — quite literally.

Read more: February is Career and Technical Education Month

Trane, Western partner to bring state-of-the-art equipment to students

The La Crosse manufacturing company Trane is partnering with Western Technical College to bring state-of-the-art heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment and software to students. $20,000 in scholarships from Trane will help students learn on the new machines, while giving them some financial peace of mind.

Read more: Trane donates to Western Technical College to bring state-of-the-art equipment to students

Mid-State, UW-River Falls sign transfer agreement for ag students

Mid-State Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls have signed a transfer agreement for those interested in agriculture. The agreement allows students completing an associate degree in Agribusiness and Science Technology at Mid-State to transfer directly to the bachelor of science in Agricultural Studies at UW-River Falls. Graduates from Mid-State will enter UW-River Falls with 60 of the degree’s 128 credits completed.

Read more: New agriculture transfer opportunity available from Mid-State Technical College to UW-River Falls

CVTC to Offer Beekeeping Class in March

Chippewa Valley Technical College is offering people interested in beekeeping a one-credit, 32-hour Beekeeping for Beginners class. Students in the class will have the opportunity to purchase a hive and bee colony, which will be kept at CVTC’s Energy Education Center for the duration of the class. Students can then take it home with them and be ready for their own beekeeping experience the following spring. The class is set to begin March 10 and run into October.

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Nicolet awarded $25,000 grant to expand entrepreneurship program

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, along with Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, has awarded Nicolet College a $25,000 grant to help expand its entrepreneurship program. This is the second year in a row the college has received this grant.

Read more: NATC receives a $25K grant to help their entrepreneurship program

New bill aims to help foster kids go to college

For many students in the foster care system, going to college is rarely a reality, but a new bill being discussed at the Capitol would aim to change that culture. Any foster kid between 13 and 25 years old would be eligible for a grant of up to $30,000 per year to attend several colleges and schools within the University of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Technical College systems.

Read more: New bill will help foster kids go to college

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