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Grant from WTCS helps pay for BTC mobile live fire training unit

BTC College officials received a $150,000 grant from the Wisconsin Technical College System to help pay for a new mobile live fire training unit. BTC offers a fire protection technician associate's degree, which includes courses such as fire behavior and combustion, fire investigation, and fire protection hydraulics. 

Read more: BTC mobile lab trains students, firefighters

WCTC launches new mechatronics apprenticeship program

Waukesha County Technical College has launched a new Mechatronics Technician Registered Apprenticeship program for Wisconsin manufacturers. The program will start next fall in the college’s Generac Integrated Manufacturing Lab.

Read more: New apprenticeship program launches at WCTC

CVTC to add culinary, other programs to support local employer needs

Chippewa Valley Technical College has approved $3 million worth of renovations and expansions to two of its campuses. The college will add a culinary program to its campus in Eau Claire and will also expand the River Falls campus to accommodate the growing enrollment.

Read more: CVTC board approves expansion and renovation projects; adds new programs

Gateway awarded WEDC grant for its startup accelerator program

Gateway Technical College has received an $80,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. for its Launch Box Accelerator Program. Gateway plans to use the funds to help 10 teams of entrepreneurs launch or expand their companies. 

Read more: Gateway Technical College receives WEDC grant for startup accelerator

CVTC awarded nearly $900,000 in grant money

Chippewa Valley Technical College has been awarded with a Smart Manufacturing and Resources for Transforming the Future grant totaling nearly $900,000. The money received from the National Science Foundation is aimed at preparing students for careers in fields like IT and manufacturing.

Read more: Area technical college receives nearly $900,000 in grant money

Trump visits WCTC to promote apprenticeship programs

President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka will join Governor Scott Walker at Waukesha County Technical College to promote apprenticeships in the skilled trades. Trump's visit comes during the White House's "Workforce Development Week" — an attempt to increase interest in the skilled trades and increase the supply of workers.

Read more: Trump to promote skilled-trade apprenticeships in Wisconsin visit, where demand is outpacing supply

Madison College plans to install largest rooftop solar energy system in the state

Madison College will begin installation of Wisconsin’s largest rooftop solar energy system in the summer of 2018. The $2.3 million project could save the college more than $200,000 a year in electricity costs. 

Read more: Madison Area Technical College rooftop solar energy system would be largest in the state

WTCS selected to receive challenge grant from Lumina Foundation

The Wisconsin Technical College System, the University of Wisconsin System and the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities have been jointly selected to receive a $99,900 attainment challenge grant from Lumina Foundation of Indianapolis.

Read more: Lumina Foundation Awards Challenge Grant to Wisconsin

Walker announces $3.9 million in Youth Apprenticeship grants

Governor Scott Walker has announced $3.9 million in Youth Apprenticeship (YA) grant awards. These grants will go to 33 consortiums throughout Wisconsin, helping more than 4,300 high school juniors and seniors gain academic and technical instruction with mentored on-the-job training. 

Read more: Governor Walker Announces a Record $3.9 Million in Youth Apprenticeship State Grants to Serve 4,300 Students

MATC, Mount Mary have partnered to help combat statewide nursing shortage

By 2040, the workforce shortage of registered nurses could reach nearly 43 percent. In response to the growing shortage, Milwaukee Area Technical College and Mount Mary University are teaming up to create an affordable program for a bachelor of science in nursing degree.

Read more: Mount Mary, MATC team up to respond to nursing shortage