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Western breaks ground on new military veteran center

Western Technical College broke ground on the construction of a new facility geared towards students who are military veterans. The $820,000 facility will be built between the Business Education Center and the Academic Resource Center on Western's La Crosse campus. Staff say the building will play an important role in helping students ease the transition between military service and their future civilian lives.

Read more: New Military Veteran's Center to be built at Western Technical College

Trucking industry needs 90,000 new drivers per year to meet demands

The American Trucking Associations estimates that America will need 90,000 new truck drivers on the road every year for the next decade to keep up with transport and shipping demands. Some of the issues at the root of the problem include low unemployment rates, the lifestyle of living on the road, and the pay.

Read more: 90,000 New Drivers Per Year for Next 10 Years Needed to Meet Trucking Demands

Mid-State to offer new hospitality management program this fall

Mid-State Technical College will launch a new hospitality management program this fall. The program will be offered in full at the Wisconsin Rapids campus, with many courses also available online or at the Mid-State locations in Adams, Marshfield and Stevens Point. The associate of applied science degree prepares students for a management career in the hospitality industry, including food and lodging facilities as well as a variety of other settings such as conference centers and sports and entertainment facilities.

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MATC launching free-tuition program to encourage working adults to finish college

Milwaukee Area Technical College is launching a new program called the MATC Promise for Adults, which provides free tuition to low to middle-income adults with some college, but no degree. MATC hopes this program will finally give them the nudge they need to complete an associate degree.

Read more: MATC rolling out new free-tuition program to lure working adults back to finish college

Blackhawk Tech, UW-Whitewater form partnership to help business transfer students

Blackhawk Technical College and UW-Whitewater’s College of Business and Economics have formed a partnership that will help Blackhawk Tech business students transfer more easily to UW-Whitewater. The partnership between the two colleges has been in the works for several years.

Read more: Blackhawk Technical College to form partnership with UW-Whitewater

Madison College, UW-Madison reach agreement to expand Scholars of Promise program

Madison College and UW-Madison entered into a landmark agreement that expands the Scholars of Promise program to some students who earn their Associate Degree at Madison College to receive their baccalaureate degree from UW-Madison without paying tuition or fees.

Read more: UW, Madison College Strike Agreement to Offer Scholars of Promise Free Tuition

NWTC cuts ribbon on its new Learning and Innovation Center

Although it’s been open for a month, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College officially cut the ribbon on its new Learning and Innovation Center in Sister Bay. The Learning and Innovation Center features classrooms and meeting rooms for a wide array of offered courses in addition to a food processing kitchen. Residents are encouraged to check out the facility to use its services and take any community education courses that they have available.

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22 Wisconsin school districts awarded more than $500,000 in Fab Lab grants

Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) have announced that 22 school districts throughout Wiscnsin have been awarded a total of more than $500,000 in grants to establish or expand local fabrication laboratory (Fab Lab) facilities. Because of the important role that Fab Labs play in student training and workforce development, Governor Walker’s 2017-19 budget directed WEDC to allocate a total of $1 million in Fab Lab funding this year and next.

Read more: 22 Wisconsin School Districts Awarded Fab Lab Grants

Western, Viterbo team up to create engineering degree program

Western Technical College and Viterbo University will combine their resources to create a bachelor’s degree in engineering under a new agreement. Beginning this fall, Western students will be able to pursue the “engineering pathway,” a 64-credit associate of science-liberal arts degree. All 64 credits will be transferable to Viterbo, where pathway students can enroll as juniors.

Read more: WTC, Viterbo collaborate on engineering degree program

MATC's Culinary Arts program to be featured in TV series

A new, four-part television series produced by Milwaukee PBS will go behind the scenes of Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Culinary Arts program. The series, called “Cook. Plate. Dine.”, airs starting May 3 on WMVS-TV.

Read more: MATC's Culinary Arts program gets its closeup in a new TV series on Milwaukee PBS

CVTC course allows high school students to receive truck driving license

High school students are taking to the road in Eau Claire as part of a new Chippewa Valley Technical College program aimed at filling a truck driver shortage. The program allows 18-year-old high school seniors in their spring semester take the truck driving course to get their Class A commercial driving license. There are two programs being offered; one is during the day and is a ten-week course and the other is a night program that runs16-weeks.

Read more: CVTC course allows high school students to receive truck driving license

Madison College to offer scholarship to support LGBT students

LGBT students at Madison College will soon have a scholarship available to members of their community through an endowment fund. QBE North America has given $20,000 to the Madison College Foundation to create the Rainbow Scholarship. The scholarship would be available in three years to allow the money to earn the interest needed to be self-sustaining, but the college is hosting a fundraiser at Bunky’s Cafe in May in hopes of making the scholarship available for next year’s spring semester.

Read more: Scholarship to be available for LGBT students at MATC

Harley-Davidson launches youth apprenticeships in skilled trades to attract young talent

Seventeen students from Bradley Tech High School in Menomonee Falls are competing for six openings in Harley’s youth apprenticeship in tool-and-die making, machine repair/maintenance and electrical maintenance. The students can take classes that give them credits at Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Read more: Seeking young talent, Harley-Davidson launches youth apprenticeships in the skilled trades

Al Hurvis/ADAMM Education Foundation recognized as WTCS Futuremaker Partner

The Wisconsin Technical College System and Milwaukee Area Technical College honored the Al Hurvis/ADAMM Education Foundation with the WTCS Futuremaker Partner Award. The Foundation helps youth to succeed in their academic and professional lives by providing scholarships, mentoring and internships.

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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