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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.

Read more: M-cubed helps boost MPS grad rate, send more grads to college

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.

Read more: CVTC, Eau Claire school district partnering to allow high school students to earn associate degree

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.

Read more: Northcentral Technical College announces transfer agreements with Cofrin School of Business

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.

Read more: Western Technical College creates nursing program for high school students

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.

Read more: Grants To Rural Hospitals Address Health Care Worker Shortages

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.

Read more: UWSP, technical colleges create program to make nursing degrees easier, cheaper to get

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.

Read more: Western Technical College opens new Veteran Military Center

CVTC, UW-Eau Claire reach transfer agreement for accounting, business finance students

Students who earn an associate degree through Chippewa Valley Technical College’s accounting program will now be guaranteed admission to UW-Eau Claire’s accounting or business finance programs. The credit transfer will include all 61 credits from the CVTC accounting program courses and general education courses that are part of the associate degree.

Read more: UW-EC, CVTC reach admissions agreement

FVTC breaks ground on new airport rescue firefighting training center

Earlier this year, Fox Valley Technical College received a $10.4 million federal grant to build a new center airport rescue firefighting (ARFF) training center. Last week, FVTC broke ground on the new building that will help firefighting students complete their FAA-required training. Oshkosh Corporation and Pierce Manufacturing are also helping with the project.

Read more: Regional airport rescue firefighting training center breaks ground in Fox Valley

CVTC culinary teaching kitchen gets ACF certification

The American Culinary Federation has approved the Chippewa Valley Technical College Culinary Management program’s teaching kitchen as a practical test site for ACF certification programs. The ACF certification program is the most comprehensive certification program for culinarians, offering 16 certification levels. Culinarians achieve certification based on education, experience, and successful completion of written and practical exams.

Read more: CVTC culinary kitchen gets certification

WTCS, FVTC present Oshkosh Corporation with Futuremaker Partner award

The Wisconsin Technical College System Board and Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) honored Oshkosh Corporation on Tuesday evening with a ‘Futuremaker Partner’ award. The partners not only collaborate to provide skills education for FVTC program students and experienced company employees, they are innovating to expand workforce participation in the region.

Read more: Oshkosh Corporation, Fox Valley Technical College partnership recognized

Gateway adds Motorcycle, Marine and Outdoor Power Products technical diploma program

In response to employer need, Gateway Technical College has added a Motorcycle, Marine and Outdoor Power Products technical diploma program at its Racine Campus. Students who began classes this fall could earn the diploma in two semesters and be out in their career by summer 2019.

Read more: Gateway Technical College offers Technical Diploma Program

CVTC debuts new culinary program

The debut of the new culinary program has been much anticipated at Chippewa Valley Technical College and the community. Strong urging and support from the restaurant industry led to the CVTC board’s approval of the program in November 2016. Completing the two-year program leads to an associate degree, with certificates and diplomas earned at earlier stages.

Read more: CVTC opens doors to new culinary arts kitchen

NWTC to offer Supervision Pathway Certificate

The Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) Learning and Innovation Center in partnership with Nicolet National Bank is offering a Supervision Pathway certificate this fall in northern Door County. The program is designed for people who wish to acquire and improve their skills in a leadership role. Students are able to take courses independently or combine them for the certificate.

Read more: NWTC Offers Supervision Pathway Certificate

Gateway launches Foxconn-related course programs

Gateway Technical College has launched two new academic programs designed to meet the needs of the Foxconn Technology Group focusing on an advanced manufacturing strategy needed to develop products and enhance its operating processes. Gateway has begun enrolling students in the new programs, Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Supply Chain Management. Graduates of the curricula will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Read more: Gateway Technical College launches Foxconn-related course programs

Gateway hosts national summit on skills gap

Addressing the country’s skills gap needs and providing industry with trained, credentialed workers is a pressing need in today’s economy. To that end, Gateway Technical College is hosting two national events. The National Coalition of Certification Centers, NC3, addresses these issues in key areas, and will highlight them at the events.

Read more: Gateway hosts national summit on skills gap

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visits FVTC, tours Public Safety Training Center

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos met students and staff at Fox Valley Technical College's Public Safety Training Center. She was given a demonstration of an immersive simulator used by students and police officers to train for a variety of different scenarios, including school shootings.

Read more: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sees school-shooting simulation, emphasizes mental health

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