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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

Gateway adding aquaponics studies based on employer demand

To help fill the growing demand for water technicians, Gateway Technical College is adding aquaponics and aquaculture to the school's Fresh Water Resources associate degree curriculum. Aquaponics is a farming system used to grow organic produce not by soil, but in water using fertilizer produced by fish.

Read more: Gateway Tech adding aquaponics studies based on employer demand

Western, WEDC launch marketing campaign aimed at out-of-state alumni

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Western Technical College unveiled a new marketing campaign aimed at encouraging alumni of Wisconsin colleges and universities to pursue their personal and professional goals in Wisconsin. Other educational institutions working with WEDC on this initiative include the University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Whitewater, UW-Platteville, St. Norbert College and Lakeshore Technical College.

Read more: WEDC, Western Technical College launch marketing campaign aimed at out-of-state alumni

Northcental, Marian University collaborate to help fill statewide tech ed teacher shortage

Northcentral Technical College and Marian University have collaborated on a co-enrollment program to try and address the teacher shortage in Wisconsin. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be qualified to teach technology education to students. The collaboration enables graduates holding associate degrees in technology from NTC to crossover and use Marian University's education program to gain the teaching aspect — and stay on the NTC campus throughout their studies.

Read more: Unique partnership aims to fulfill state-wide tech education teacher shortage

Madison College breaks ground on South Campus

Madison College officials broke ground on its new Goodman South Campus. The $23 million campus will have full support services; hands-on labs; and early college courses in science, technology, engineering and math for high schoolers. Officials hope the campus will be completed and fully operational by fall 2019.

Read more: Madison College breaks ground on South Campus

FVTC, UW-Stevens Point sign interior design transfer agreement

Students earning an associate degree in interior design or kitchen & bath design at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton will now find it easier to earn a bachelor’s degree in interior architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The program-to-program agreement provides smooth credit transfers from FVTC to UWSP.

Read more: FVTC partners with UWSP on interior design program

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

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