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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lt. Governor visits NWTC's Great Lakes Energy Education Center

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes visited Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to speak about sustainable energy opportunities. Barnes toured the Great Lakes Energy Education Center. The center creates a focus on renewable energy, electrical power and energy management. The Great Lakes Energy Education Center was completed in 2018.

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CVTC receives $2.5M grant to lead open nursing textbook project

Thousands of nursing students throughout Wisconsin will be able to save hundreds of dollars on textbooks and develop skills through the use of virtual reality as a result of a grant awarded to Chippewa Valley Technical College. The U.S. Department of Education awarded the $2.5 million grant to CVTC as the lead institution on an open textbook pilot project in which all 16 Wisconsin technical colleges will take part. CVTC partnered with Gateway, Northeast and Madison Area technical colleges in developing the proposal, with all playing major roles.

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MATC, Alverno partnership offers female students a flexible way to earn degree in social work

Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and Alverno College have established a formal partnership that streamlines the transfer process for female students who want to become social workers, allowing them to complete their associate degree in human services at MATC and transfer to Alverno to complete their Bachelor of Social Work. Alverno recently formed a similar partnership with Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC), allowing students with a human services associate degree to apply their credits to a Bachelor of Social Work at Alverno.

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Gov. Tony Evers proclaims February as Career and Technical Education Month

Governor Tony Evers has proclaimed February as Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month in Wisconsin to highlight the state’s efforts to develop students for a wide-range of careers, post-secondary education, or both. According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, approximately 70 percent of 11th and 12th graders in Wisconsin participate in CTE courses in fields like agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, business and information technology, health science, marketing and entrepreneurship, and technology and engineering.

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M³ results show increase in graduation rates, students enrolling in college

In its first two years, the M³ — which brings together Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Area Technical College and UW-Milwaukee — has helped increase the MPS graduation rate and the percentage of MPS grads going on to college. More than 130,000 students are collectively served by MPS, MATC and UWM.

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CCTC, Eau Claire school district partner to allow high school students to earn associate degrees

A partnership program between Chippewa Valley Technical College and the Eau Claire school district launching in the fall of 2019 will allow high school students to graduate with an associate degree in business management. The program will allow participating students to actually complete an associate degree that before would have only been obtained from a full two-year program at a postsecondary institution.

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Northcentral, UW-Green Bay announced transfer agreement for business students

Northcentral Technical College (NTC) and UW-Green Bay have announced two transfer agreements leading to a four-year degree in Business Administration. The agreements give students the opportunity to earn an associate degree at NTC in business management or leadership development and then seamlessly transfer their credits to UW-Green Bay with junior status to finish a baccalaureate degree online in business administration within four years.

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Western receives grant to create nursing program for high school students

Western Technical College received $95,000 from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development to create a Certified Nursing Aid course for high school students, with more than 120 hours of instruction and 42 hours of clinical training. This grant lasts until June of 2020, and Western hopes to train about 80 students until that time.

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Nicolet, Northcentral, Mid-State receive grants assist rural hospitals in filling medical positions

Nicolet College, Northcentral Technical College and Mid-State Technical College have received a grant to assist rural hospitals in filling medical positions in high demand. The grants support education and training for an array of allied health professionals, including surgical technologists, substance abuse counselors-in-training, central service technicians, sonographers and phlebotomists.

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Mid-State, Northcentral and Nicolet partner with UW-Stevens Point to create 1+2+1 Nursing Program

The university is partnering with Northcentral Technical College, Nicolet College and Mid-State Technical College have partnered with UW-Stevens Point to create the Northcentral Wisconsin 1+2+1 Nursing Program. The program allows students to receive both their associate's and bachelor's degrees in four years through one of the participating technical schools and at UWSP's campuses in Stevens Point, Marshfield and Wausau.

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Western opens new Veteran Military Center

A new Veteran Military Center is now open at Western Technical College in La Crosse. The $820,000 facility will serve Western’s 1,000 military-connected students. "One space is going to house our staff and our student veterans that do our work study, will help us with like paperwork and processing benefits. Then the other space is a space that is set up just for the student veterans, and it's like a lounge, kind of similar to a USO feel," said WTC Veteran Services Manager Jackie Helgeson.

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