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WTCS, Western present Ashley Furniture with Futuremaker Partner award

The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and Western Technical College have honored Ashley Furniture Industries as a Futuremaker Partner. Ashley, a long-time partner of the college, has provided leading support for equipment and facilities modernization in support of the college’s manufacturing programs. The WTCS Futuremaker Partner award recognizes the unique, dynamic partnerships between Wisconsin's technical colleges and their employer partners.

Read more: Ashley Furniture a Futuremaker Partner for Western Technical College

WITC to offer new Hospitality Specialist program

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is now accepting applications for the new hospitality specialist program for the fall semester. The two-semester program will be offered at the Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake and Superior campuses as well as the Hayward and Ladysmith Outreach Centers.

Read more: Booming hospitality industry spawns new training program

FVTC, UW-River Falls Sign Ag Credit Transfer Agreement

Thanks to a new articulation agreement, graduates of Fox Valley Technical College's Agribusiness Science and Technology associate degree program can experience a seamless transition into a bachelor's degree in Agriculture Studies or Agriculture Education at UW-River Falls. The FVTC graduates who transfer into UWRF's Agricultural Education program will be admitted with sophomore status needing two and a half years or more to complete the baccalaureate program.

Read more: FVTC, UWRF Sign Ag Credit Transfer Agreement

Gateway adding aquaponics studies based on employer demand

To help fill the growing demand for water technicians, Gateway Technical College is adding aquaponics and aquaculture to the school's Fresh Water Resources associate degree curriculum. Aquaponics is a farming system used to grow organic produce not by soil, but in water using fertilizer produced by fish.

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Western, WEDC launch marketing campaign aimed at out-of-state alumni

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Western Technical College unveiled a new marketing campaign aimed at encouraging alumni of Wisconsin colleges and universities to pursue their personal and professional goals in Wisconsin. Other educational institutions working with WEDC on this initiative include the University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Whitewater, UW-Platteville, St. Norbert College and Lakeshore Technical College.

Read more: WEDC, Western Technical College launch marketing campaign aimed at out-of-state alumni

Northcental, Marian University collaborate to help fill statewide tech ed teacher shortage

Northcentral Technical College and Marian University have collaborated on a co-enrollment program to try and address the teacher shortage in Wisconsin. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be qualified to teach technology education to students. The collaboration enables graduates holding associate degrees in technology from NTC to crossover and use Marian University's education program to gain the teaching aspect — and stay on the NTC campus throughout their studies.

Read more: Unique partnership aims to fulfill state-wide tech education teacher shortage

Madison College breaks ground on South Campus

Madison College officials broke ground on its new Goodman South Campus. The $23 million campus will have full support services; hands-on labs; and early college courses in science, technology, engineering and math for high schoolers. Officials hope the campus will be completed and fully operational by fall 2019.

Read more: Madison College breaks ground on South Campus

FVTC, UW-Stevens Point sign interior design transfer agreement

Students earning an associate degree in interior design or kitchen & bath design at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton will now find it easier to earn a bachelor’s degree in interior architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The program-to-program agreement provides smooth credit transfers from FVTC to UWSP.

Read more: FVTC partners with UWSP on interior design program

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.

Read more: Learning and Innovation Center cuts ribbon in Sister Bay

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