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FVTC students return home to South Africa to help tackle unemployment

Two Fox Valley Technical College international exchange students have returned to South Africa to help tackle the country’s unemployment rate by setting up computer labs. To help start those computers labs, Fox Valley Tech is giving the students 40 computers that were ready to be replaced, along with technology software.

Read more: Fox Valley Tech students from South Africa head home to help with unemployment

Madison College students guaranteed admission to Edgewood College with certain degrees

Madison Area Technical College graduates who earn associate degrees in civil or electrical engineering or human services will be guaranteed admission to Edgewood College under a new agreement between the schools.

Read more: Edgewood College to guarantee admission to student with certain MATC degrees

BTC to offer dual credit at Beloit Turner High School

Starting next year, students at Beloit Turner High School will be able to obtain credit in introductory welding and machining for Blackhawk Technical College while taking classes at the high school. 

Read more: Turner Program Will Help Students Earn College Credit

GTC signs transfer agreement with Carthage College

Gateway Technical College and Carthage College have signed a partnership agreement to allow Gateway students to transfer up to 68 credits to Carthage. The credits can be applied to a bachelor’s degree and many students will be able to start as a junior.

Read more: Gateway Technical, Carthage Colleges Pen Transfer Agreement

MSTC celebrates grand opening of new Student Services & Information Center

Mid-State Technical College staff, city officials and corporate community leaders were on hand for the grand opening of the new Student Services & Information Center at MSTC. The new 5,400-square foot facility, including a 4,200-square foot remodel, was built to centralize student resources as well as give the entrance an updated look.

Read more: Mid-State Unveils New Student Services Center

Gateway opens new Kenall Protective Services Training Center

Gateway has officially opened its new Kenall Protective Services Training Center. The training center has been remodeled and expanded, providing a state-of-the-art training site for Gateway's law enforcement academy, as well as ongoing training for law enforcement professionals throughout Wisconsin.

Read more: Gateway's Kenall Protective Services Training Center Opens

Madison College, UW-Madison and Edgewood College partner for 'Personalized Pathways' initiative

All three of Madison’s higher education institutions have partnered to launch the Madison School District’s “Personalized Pathways” initiative set to begin this fall. The initiative is aimed at helping high school students explore college and career options sooner and in a more deliberate way. 

Read more: UW-Madison, Edgewood College on board for Madison School District's 'Pathways' project

‘Fab lab’ grants aim to increase student training and workforce development

Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced 21 school districts throughout the state have been awarded a total of nearly $500,000 in grants to establish or expand local fabrication laboratory (fab lab) facilities. The Fab Lab Grants Program is aimed at student training and workforce development.

Read more:  Gov. Walker: 21 Wisconsin school districts awarded fab lab grants

NWTC, others receive major national grant to help improve student outcomes

With support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, InsideTrack will work with leaders from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Austin Community College, East Mississippi Community College and a California-based institution, to build and maintain data-driven student success coaching and advising programs.

Read more: Major National Grant Helps Community Colleges Build Capacity for Next Generation Coaching and Advising with InsideTrack

WTCS receives $1.3 million Student Success Center grant from Great Lakes

The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) recently learned that a $1.3 million, three-year grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates will allow Wisconsin to become the 14th state to implement a “Student Success Center.”

Read more: Great Lakes awards $1.3 Million Student Success Center grant to WTCS

MATC, local non-profit partner to help meet construction industry demands

As part of ongoing efforts to find people for the growing number of construction jobs needed to meet the activity boom in the Milwaukee region, Milwaukee Area Technical College and WRTP/BIG STEP announced a joint program called the Milwaukee Skilled Trades Consortium.

Read more: MATC, WRTP/BIG STEP partner to meet construction industry demands

New program gives Green Bay-area students opportunity to graduate with at least 15 college credits

Turbocharge with College Credit is a K-16 partnership between the Green Bay Area Public Schools, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the UW-Green Bay in an effort to successfully transition high school graduates to postsecondary education. The program allows them to earn college credit towards a certificate, credential or degree upon graduation.

Read more: Green Bay-area schools to offer college credits for all students

Dr. Roger Stanford named new Western president

Western Technical College has announced Dr. Roger Stanford as the new president. He is the seventh president in the school's history. Prior to coming to Western, he served as the Vice President of Instruction at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire.

Read more: Western Technical College announces new President

WCTC to offer free short-term training in welding and automotive maintenance

Waukesha County Technical College will offer free short-term training in welding and automotive maintenance for a total of 36 young adults. The program is open to those ages 18 to 24 with a high-school diploma or GED, eighth grade math and reading skills and the ability to start training by summer 2017.

Read more: WCTC to offer free welding, automotive training

MPTC launches Promise Program to fund tuition for low-income students

A new program launched at Moraine Park Technical College will allow low-income students from area high schools to be eligible for free college tuition. Students graduating in 2018 will be the first to take advantage of this opportunity. 

Read more: MPTC offers free college to low-income students

NTC, WITC listed among 50 Best Community Colleges for 2016-17

Using data from Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program, Payscale and individual community colleges, College Choice has compiled a list of the 50 best community colleges in the country. Determining factors include first-year retention rates, three-year graduation rates, credentials awarded, etc.

Read more: 50 Best Community Colleges for 2016-2017

Western, Viterbo explore collaborative engineering degree program

Students may soon have a new engineering degree program, thanks to a collaborative between Western Technical College and Viterbo University. Details are still being finalized, but a potential program would allow students to spend two years at Western, then finish a four-year program at Viterbo.

Read more: Western, Viterbo begin exploring potential engineering program

WCTC announces new Manufacturing Engineering Technology program

With support from Quad/Graphics, WCTC has announced a new Manufacturing Engineering Technology program scheduled to launch in August 2017. The program will provide students with an understanding of manufacturing processes, materials, safety and quality.


Read more: Quad/Graphics Champions Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program at Waukesha County Technical College

LTC opens new Advanced Automotive Technology Center

At a dedication ceremony, The Advanced Automotive Technology Center at Lakeshore Technical College was officially open for business. The $3 million automotive repair lab is a 10,000 square foot high-tech classroom.

Read more: Lakeshore Technical College dedicates automotive technology center

WTCS, DHS and others partner to create Wisconsin Caregiver Career Program

The Department of Health Services (DHS) has received federal approval to move forward with an investment to implement the Wisconsin Caregiver Career Program, designed to add up to 3,000 nurse aides to the workforce. DHS is developing the program in partnership with nursing homes, LeadingAge Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Health Care Association and the Wisconsin Technical College System. 

Read more: State launches caregiver career program