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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.

Read more: Mid-State to Offer Hospitality Management Program

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

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