House subcommittee proposes expanding apprenticeships
March 5, 2020
Democrats on the House education committee are working on a bill to authorize $400 million in federal grants for apprenticeships that would double to $800 million by 2025. The 149-page “discussion draft” of the bill also would bring apprenticeship programs — including youth and pre-apprenticeship programs — under one umbrella.
Mid-State, Sand Valley partner to create new training program for the hospitality industry
November 7, 2019
Mid-State Technical College and Sand Valley Culinary Institute have partnered to create a new development training program for the hospitality industry. The program, developed with input and guidance from Sand Valley’s culinary director, incorporates a robust student experience that includes education in menu planning, food production, sanitation for food service operations, and culinary applications. Classes for the program will begin on January 7, 2020.
Northcentral signs transfer partnership agreement with Purdue University
November 7, 2019
Northcentral Technical College (NTC) has signed a transfer partnership agreement with Purdue University. The agreement is with Purdue University Global, and allows NTC students to transfer their credits to Purdue University to earn a four-year degree. There are 12 program-to program-transfer options available that include business administration, criminal justice and nursing.
Lakeshore awarded $2M grant to expand and strengthen their capacity to serve low-income students
October 18, 2019
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) a $2.06 million competitive grant under the Title III Strengthening Institutions program. This grant program provides funding to institutions of higher education so they can expand and strengthen their capacity to serve low-income students. The funds are payable over five years.
New EMT-Paramedic program coming to Nicolet College
October 17, 2019
A new EMT-Paramedic training program at Nicolet College will be available in January of 2020. Classes will be conducted using interactive television technology and face-to-face instruction. The training includes giving IVs, administering pain management, and dispensing nearly 75 medications. The new one-year, 44-credit technical diploma is being made possible through a partnership between Nicolet and Lakeshore Technical Technical College in Cleveland, Wis., just north of Sheboygan.
CVTC, Marian University to partner on dental hygiene bachelor's degree
October 8, 2019
Chippewa Valley Technical College and Marian University in Fond du Lac plan to sign a formal agreement today forming a new partnership that will allow CVTC dental hygiene program alumni to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene. It will be the only agreement in Wisconsin allowing for the completion of this degree in as few as 16 months.
Nicolet College receives grant to create more educational opportunities
October 7, 2019
Nicolet College has been awarded a $350,000 grant from Lumina Foundation to build clearer pathways to degrees and other credentials for adults, especially for people of color and Native learners. Lumina’s “All Learning Counts” initiative will support Nicolet to ensure that knowledge, skills, and abilities gained outside of formal higher education—through work, military, and other experiences—can be recognized and applied toward programs leading to credentials of value.
Gateway receives donation from SC Johnson for new science lab
October 7, 2019
Gateway Technical College has received a $195,000 donation from SC Johnson to help build and equip a high-end, mechatronics science lab. The newly named SC Johnson Waxdale Mechatronics Lab will provide students in many academic programs access to cutting-edge equipment and developmental training in this ever-growing field.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College celebrated a new $1.5 million dollar renovation project. It’s part of a multi-year effort to update the campus. Over the summer of 2018 during phase one, the main building got an exterior paint job and preliminary construction began on the front entrance on Catlin Avenue. Throughout the summer, new staffing and student parking lots were put in, as well as a new front entrance to the conference center and back door of the building with a patio.
Gateway Technical College and Concordia University Wisconsin have inked a 2-plus-2 articulation agreement. Graduates of Gateway’s Architectural-Structural Engineering Technician or civil Engineering Technology-Highway Technology associate degree programs are eligible to transfer into Concordia’s construction and trades management bachelor degree program. Those Gateway graduates who transfer to Concordia must earn an additional 56 credits to earn the bachelor’s degree.
Moraine Park, WTCS honor Mercury Marine with Futuremaker Partner Award
September 17, 2019
Mercury Marine has received recognition from Moraine Park Technical College and the Wisconsin Technical College System board and has been selected to receive the 2019 Futuremaker Partner Award. For more than 20 years Mercury Marine has joined forces with Moraine Park to help influence the local economy, provide jobs, and is a supporter of the Moraine Park Foundation.
WCTC will start having a year-round schedule in June 2020
September 16, 2019
Waukesha County Technical College will change the way it offers courses in June 2020, implementing a year-round academic calendar offering courses in eight-week sessions. The change will allow students to build on their academic momentum, complete their education in less time and connect with jobs sooner. The current format of WCTC's academic year is two 16-week semesters, one in fall and one in spring, along with an optional summer semester and shorter January and May terms, known as interims.
Chippewa Valley Technical College was recently awarded two grants from the National Science Foundation, which when combined with an April award, total almost $1.7 million. These three grants will support the college’s mission to provide cutting-edge education in manufacturing technology and expand efforts to share information with other academic institutions.
To increase student success, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College will transition nearly all courses from 15 weeks to eight weeks, this fall. The college is calling it the 8-Week Advantage. With eight-week classes, students meet less frequently each week but for longer periods of time. Each semester will have two eight-week sessions, as well as one eight-week session during the summer, for a total of five sessions every academic year.
MATC adds new arborist program to help meet high demand
August 20, 2019
Due to such a high demand for skilled arborists, Milwaukee Area Technical College has created a new program to teach people about the industry. Students who graduate get two different certifications and three college credits. Several tree service companies plan to be at graduation to interview students.
CVTC receives $1.7 million in grants to enhance manufacturing education
August 13, 2019
Three National Science Foundation grants totaling almost $1.7 million will enhance Chippewa Valley Technical College’s efforts to remain on the cutting edge of recent developments in manufacturing technology and enable the college to share information with area high school partners and other technical colleges.
Western, UW-La Crosse sign transfer agreement for business students
August 1, 2019
Students in Western Technical College’s Associate of Science-Liberal Arts program can now earn as many as 59 credits that will transfer to UW-La Crosse’s College of Business Administration. Those who complete the pathway will enroll in UW-L with near-junior status in a range of majors: accountancy, economics, information systems, management, marketing and multiple finance disciplines.
WITC to offer new IT-Cybersecurity Specialist program
July 30, 2019
In its new IT-cybersecurity specialist program, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College will be training students how detect, protect and defend against attacks. The two-year IT-Cybersecurity Specialist program will give students hand-on experience with networking, operation systems, virtualization and security.
Starting in Fall 2019, Northcentral Technical College will be offering a cosmetology program. Through the year-long course, students will learn hair-cutting skills, styling, chemical services, such as perms and relaxing and nail services. Another key aspect of the training is learning how to recognized signs of abuse in potential clients.
NWTC, WTCS Board honor Green Bay Packers with Futuremaker Partner Award
July 11, 2019
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the Wisconsin Technical College System Board have honored the Green Bay Packers with the Board’s ‘Futuremaker Partner’ Award. The award recognizes the unique, dynamic connections between Wisconsin’s technical colleges and their employer partners. The long-time partnership between the Packers and NWTC provides access to high-quality education for members of the communities in northeast Wisconsin, innovating to expand the talent pipeline for the region.