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New program at NWTC to help small business owners

NWTC’s Small Business Initiative is a program to help small business owners expand their business beyond the “first stage” or microenterprise or level. Participants can discover the skills and talents needed for business success, identify potential gaps that might be stifling growth, and develop a plan for achieving their growth goals.

Read more: NWTC gets USDA grant to help small businesses

Nicolet launches newly structured welding program

Nicolet College has launched a newly-structured and highly-flexible welding program that allows students to progress through the entire curriculum at their own pace. Instead of traditional classes, the welding program consists of instructional modules that focus on specific skills in each unit.

Read more: Nicolet College welding program restructured

Madison College, MSD partner to offer early college STEM academy

Starting next fall, Madison high school students will be able to attend Madison College full time, earning high school and college credit at no cost as part of a new early college STEM academy. The pilot programs is the result of a new partnership between the Madison School District and Madison College.

Read more: STEM academy to bring high school juniors to MATC campus full time

Young adults, teens show increasing interest in agriculture

Two school programs in central Wisconsin are helping young adults get into an agricultural field, and they're growing in popularity.

At Wausau East High School, 170 teens in the local FFA club have ambitions to pursue a career in the agricultural field.

Read more: Interest in agriculture growing with young adults

Gov. Walker promotes new Broadband Academy at WITC

Governor Scott Walker was at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College to highlight the college’s new Broadband Academy and the 2017-19 budget’s workforce development initiatives and historic investment in broadband expansion. WITC’s Broadband Academy teaches the fundamentals of broadband services and how broadband networks operate with different technologies.

Read more: Gov. Walker: Highlights workforce development & broadband expansion initiatives at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

Madison College, UW-Baraboo partner to offer free English as a Second Language courses

Madison College and UW-Baraboo/Sauk County have partnered to offer free English as a Second Language courses at the Baraboo campus. The classes are taught by Madison College instructors, focusing on career-building language skills at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

Read more: MATC, Boo-U partner to offer language courses in Baraboo for non-English speaking residents

Credit agreement between WTCS, Viterbo helps nursing students advance

A new credit agreement between WTCS and Viterbo will help make it easier for nursing students to get a four-year degree. Registered nurses with a two-year degree from a technical college in the state can now fully apply those credits toward a bachelor's degree from Viterbo University.

Read more: New credit agreement helps nurses advance

WCTC receives $2.6 million donation to expand Integrated Manufacturing Center, buy new training equipment

Waukesha County Technical College received $2.6 million from former Signicast Corp. president and owner Walter (Terry) Lutz. His donation will allow the college to enhance and expand the Integrated Manufacturing center and purchase new training equipment. 

Read more: Former Signicast owner, foundation donating $2.6 million to WCTC

Madison College, DOC partnership could help fill in-demand jobs

A new partnership between Madison College and the state Department of Corrections is helping to fill in-demand jobs. The technical college will be lending nearly 20 welding machines to the Stanley Correctional Institution in Chippewa County, which will then provide vocational training opportunities for inmates. 

Read more: Partnership between Madison College, DOC could help fill in-demand jobs

Madison College unveils new public safety training facility

Madison Area Technical College has unveiled its new public safety training facility southwest of Columbus on the site of a former racetrack. The approximately $4 million, 40-acre facility includes buildings for classroom instruction and a large paved block. It also features curved, uphill, downhill and straight roadways to mimic actual situations officers might face in the field, giving a boost to area law enforcement agencies’ training options.

Read more: Madison Area Technical College unveils new facility for law enforcement students and agencies