Southwest Tech grad invents auto body repair tool now marketed nationwide
February 13, 2018
Prairie du Chien resident and Southwest Technical College graduate Matt Finn has developed a spot weld chisel to assist with auto repair work. Lisle launched the tool in late October and had sold more than 1,600 units through the end of December. The company is paying to have the chisel patented.
Scholarship fund aims to help transition from jail to society in La Crosse community
February 7, 2018
A $12,000 goal for 2018 has been established for a new scholarship/educational fund to assist currently or formerly incarcerated people of color in the La Crosse community transition from jail to society. The scholarship/educational fund is a partnership between the local chapter of Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) and the Western Foundation at Western Technical College.
February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, and it comes at the perfect time to celebrate the students, apprentices, teachers, technical colleges and industry partners who are growing the career readiness of America's construction workforce. Unfortunately, we've neglected CTE over the years, and now we're beginning to pay for it — quite literally.
Trane, Western partner to bring state-of-the-art equipment to students
January 31, 2018
The La Crosse manufacturing company Trane is partnering with Western Technical College to bring state-of-the-art heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment and software to students. $20,000 in scholarships from Trane will help students learn on the new machines, while giving them some financial peace of mind.
Mid-State, UW-River Falls sign transfer agreement for ag students
January 30, 2018
Mid-State Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls have signed a transfer agreement for those interested in agriculture. The agreement allows students completing an associate degree in Agribusiness and Science Technology at Mid-State to transfer directly to the bachelor of science in Agricultural Studies at UW-River Falls. Graduates from Mid-State will enter UW-River Falls with 60 of the degree’s 128 credits completed.
Chippewa Valley Technical College is offering people interested in beekeeping a one-credit, 32-hour Beekeeping for Beginners class. Students in the class will have the opportunity to purchase a hive and bee colony, which will be kept at CVTC’s Energy Education Center for the duration of the class. Students can then take it home with them and be ready for their own beekeeping experience the following spring. The class is set to begin March 10 and run into October.
Nicolet awarded $25,000 grant to expand entrepreneurship program
January 24, 2018
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, along with Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, has awarded Nicolet College a $25,000 grant to help expand its entrepreneurship program. This is the second year in a row the college has received this grant.
For many students in the foster care system, going to college is rarely a reality, but a new bill being discussed at the Capitol would aim to change that culture. Any foster kid between 13 and 25 years old would be eligible for a grant of up to $30,000 per year to attend several colleges and schools within the University of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Technical College systems.
Wisconsin to invest $20 million in technology education and workforce training
January 18, 2018
Gov. Scott Walker has announced that Wisconsin will spend $20 million on a job training program with colleges and universities designed to prepare people for electronics manufacturing jobs. Part of the plan will inject $5 million to allow high school students to take college courses in technology before they graduate. There will also be $7 million in scholarships for students who want to improve their skill set, as well as training for high-demand fields.
Wisconsin aims to combat teacher shortage with teaching licensing changes
January 16, 2018
The state’s future teachers might face fewer challenges obtaining a teacher’s license in 2018 due to changes to the teacher licensing process the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) proposed in December. The changes would attempt to tackle a state- and nation-wide teacher shortage by streamlining the licensing process and allowing some educators to expand into new subject areas.