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Southwest Tech grad invents auto body repair tool now marketed nationwide

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.

Read more: Former Midlander invents tool now marketed nationwide

Scholarship fund aims to help transition from jail to society in La Crosse community

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.

Read more: Scholarship fund hopes to help transition from jail to society

February is Career and Technical Education Month

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.

Read more: February is Career and Technical Education Month

Trane, Western partner to bring state-of-the-art equipment to students

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.

Read more: Trane donates to Western Technical College to bring state-of-the-art equipment to students

Mid-State, UW-River Falls sign transfer agreement for ag students

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.

Read more: New agriculture transfer opportunity available from Mid-State Technical College to UW-River Falls

CVTC to Offer Beekeeping Class in March

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.

Read more: CVTC to Offer Beekeeping Class

Nicolet awarded $25,000 grant to expand entrepreneurship program

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.

Read more: NATC receives a $25K grant to help their entrepreneurship program

New bill aims to help foster kids go to college

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.

Read more: New bill will help foster kids go to college

Wisconsin to invest $20 million in technology education and workforce training

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.

Read more: Walker Unveils $20M Technology Job Training Initiative

Wisconsin aims to combat teacher shortage with teaching licensing changes

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.

Read more: State to combat teacher shortage with teacher licensing changes, public invited to give input

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