Tech College News

CVTC receives $1.7 million in grants to enhance manufacturing education

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.

Read more: National Science Foundation grants boost CVTC manufacturing education efforts

Western, UW-La Crosse sign transfer agreement for business students

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.

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WITC to offer new IT-Cybersecurity Specialist program

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. 

Read more: New program at WITC focuses on growing cybersecurity field

NTC to fill cosmetology gap with new course

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.

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NWTC, WTCS Board honor Green Bay Packers with Futuremaker Partner Award

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. 

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Minimum-security inmates earn credits at NWTC for jobs after prison

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is making ‘re-entry programs for inmates’ a priority over the next two years. In the budget he signed last week, he increased the amount of money for these efforts by almost $1 million.

One of these inmate re-entry programs is being offered at Northwest Wisconsin Technical College. Eleven inmates from Sanger B. Powers Correctional Center, a minimum-security facility, are working toward a certificate in industrial maintenance. The 14-credit program is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

Read more: Minimum-security inmates earn credits at NWTC for jobs after prison

NTC adds 6 new degree programs for Fall 2019

Starting this fall, students at Northcentral Technical College will have six new degree program options. The college is now accepting applications for Automation Systems Technology, Cosmetology, Foundations of Teacher Education, Gas Utility Construction and Service, IT Cybersecurity Specialist and Sports and Recreation Management.

Read more: Northcentral Technical College adds 6 degree programs in Fall 2019

CVTC to receive grant for Study Abroad Program

A grant from the U.S. Department of State will boost a growing study abroad program at Chippewa Valley Technical College. CVTC applied for a $35,000 State Department grant to support an Experiencing Postsecondary Learning Overseas through Relevant Education (EXPLORE) program with the goal to expand CVTC's capacity to offer study abroad opportunities.

Read more: CVTC to receive grant for Study Abroad Program

Moraine Park, Mount Mary join forces to create "Nursing 1-2-1" program

Moraine Park Technical College and Mount Mary University have joined forces to establish a “Nursing 1-2-1” program. The program gives high school graduates and transfer students an opportunity to earn an Associate Degree in Nursing, licensure as a Registered Nurse and then seamlessly move to completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree within four years. By leveraging the skills and expertise of both institutions, the Nursing 1-2-1 program offers lower cost per credit than regional competitors offering similar degrees.

Read more: Mount Mary, Moraine Park Technical College announce “Nursing 1-2-1” program to address regional need for bachelor’s prepared nur

Students named tech college Ambassadors

The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) last week recognized 16 technical college students as “WTCS Ambassadors” at a ceremony in Wisconsin Dells. After a full day of leadership training, the students will champion opportunities in technical education at events and in videos and publications throughout the coming year. Baird, an employee-owned, international financial services firm headquartered in Milwaukee, has sponsored the WTCS State Ambassador program since its inception more than a decade ago.

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Newly retired Gateway instructor a final-round winner in Foxconn's Smart Cities-Smart Futures contest

Kate Field, a newly retired Gateway Technical College horticulture instructor, is among the 12 final-round winners in Foxconn Technology Group’s Smart Cities–Smart Futures competition. Field submitted a proposal called the Wisconsin Urban Food Initiative, which involves hydroponics.

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Wisconsin technical education programs receive national recognition

Mishicot and Kaukauna High Schools were among eight nationally that were recognized last week for programs, delivered in partnership with Wisconsin technical colleges, that “represent the best of Career & Technical Education (CTE).” The schools were honored in front of state and national leaders with Excellence in Action awards at the 2019 Advance CTE Spring Meeting in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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CVTC to offer new gas utility program in June

Responding to a strong need expressed by area energy companies, Chippewa Valley Technical College will offer a new Gas Utility Construction & Service program beginning in June. Registration is already open for the 10-month, 35-credit program leading to a technical diploma and employment opportunities with contractors installing gas lines or utility companies maintaining systems that service homes and businesses.

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FVTC, Concordia team up for bachelor's program in Construction Management Technology

For the first time ever in Northeast Wisconsin, students who complete a two-year Construction Management Technology degree at Fox Valley Technology (FVTC) now have somewhere local to complete their bachelor's degree. After more than a year of discussions, Concordia University and FVTC signed an agreement for a two plus two program. Students who successfully complete the Construction Management Technology program at FVTC can then apply for the same program at Concordia.

Read more: FVTC and Concordia University team up for bachelor's program

Mid-State one of seven schools in North America to receive workforce development honor

Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids is one of just seven schools in North America to earn the 2019 Learning Resources Network (LERN) Training Award for Excellence in Reaching Underserved Populations. The specific program that helped Mid-State earn the honor was developed through a partnership with the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board.

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WITC, Lakeland announce transfer agreement

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College and Lakeland University have announced a transfer partnership. The WITC To Lakeland guaranteed transfer program will allow students to complete an associate degree at WITC and then transfer seamlessly to Lakeland as a college junior. WITC graduates who meet all the requirements are guaranteed direct admission to Lakeland, where they can complete a related bachelor’s degree.

Read more: WITC and Lakeland develop partnership for transfers

NWTC student receives prestigious honor

A Northeast Wisconsin Technical College student is one of just 263 students from more than one thousand colleges and universities around the country to be named a 2019 Newman Civic Fellow. During his year-long fellowship, Diebold will receive a mentor and attend a conference in Boston that provides networking and leadership training, all-expenses paid.

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Gateway Technical College Foundation receives $2.85 million donation

Michael Kopper and Michele Whitfield donated $2.85 million to the Gateway Technical College Foundation to fund scholarships for students in engineering and manufacturing-related programs as well as benefit students in the college’s Promise program. A total of $1.5 million was contributed to establish the Kopper Family Fund while $1.35 million will go to Gateway’s Promise program.

Read more: Michael Kopper, Michele Whitfield donate $2.85 million to Gateway Technical College Foundation

WTCS, Lakeshore present Sargento with Futuremaker Partner award

The Wisconsin Technical College System Board and Lakeshore Technical College honored Sargento Foods, Inc. with a ‘Futuremaker Partner’ award. Among other efforts, the partners work together to deliver apprenticeship opportunities and assure that what students learn in the classroom is what employers need in the field. During the 2018-19 academic year, LTC is providing classroom instruction to 14 Sargento employees who are registered apprentices, meaning they are also receiving On-the-Job Training at the company.

Read more: WTCS Board recognizes partnership with Sargento

Gateway instructors, student advance to final round of Foxconn Smart Cities contest

A Gateway Technical College instructor and student are among the 30 Round Two winners of Foxconn’s statewide Smart Cities-Smart Futures contest and advance to the third, and final, round of the competition. Gateway Horticulture instructor Kate Field advanced in the Food category while Gateway student Donald Heckel advanced in the Mobility and Transportation category. Both will receive a $1,500 award and were honored at a Foxconn recognition ceremony and Round 3 kickoff ceremony today hosted by Gateway at its SC Johnson iMET Center in Sturtevant.

Read more: Gateway instructors, student advance to final round of Foxconn Smart Cities contest