FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2014
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Blueprint for Prosperity: Governor Scott Walker Announces Madison College to Receive $5 Million to Train 900+ Workers
Wisconsin Fast Forward grants help train more people for in-demand careers
Madison – Governor Scott Walker today announced the award of more than $5 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward grant dollars to Madison College to train up to 934 workers for in-demand fields. The award is part of a $28 million in grants that Governor Walker recently announced as part of his Blueprint for Prosperity initiative to help Wisconsin technical college train over 4,900 workers for jobs that employers need to fill. The award to Madison College is the largest of all of Wisconsin’s 16 technical schools.
"This grant allows Madison College to train even more students for careers in high-demand fields including manufacturing, construction, and nursing," Governor Walker said. "This direct investment offers a pathway to prosperity for hundreds of people, and helps build a better economy."
The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) administers the grants, which add capacity to 100 programs at all 16 technical colleges and accommodate up to 4,908 additional students in training programs. Training programs cover key industry sectors such as manufacturing, health care, transportation, construction and architecture, and education.
DWD's intent to award the technical college $5,009,710 will allow the training of 934 additional workers in the following high-demand areas:
- $180,612 to train 68 students in machine tooling.
- $1,272,010 to train 236 students in construction.
- $404,318 to train 30 students in construction & remodeling.
- $619,420 to train 256 students to be nursing assistants.
- $1,041,547 to train 124 students in welding.
- $933,643 to train 76 students in industrial maintenance.
- $558,160 to train 144 students in metal processes & metal repair techniques.
Governor Walker signed Act 139 into law in March 2014 as part of his Blueprint for Prosperity initiative following the strong bipartisan support of the State Legislature. The legislation allocated an additional $35.4 million in funds to the Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training program with a focus on three areas:
- Reduction of waits lists at Wisconsin technical colleges for high-demand fields;
- Collaborative projects between high schools, technical colleges, businesses, and other partners to increase opportunities for high school pupils to earn industry-recognized credentials; and
- Enhancing the employment opportunities for workers with disabilities.
Technical colleges submitted initial lists of programs for grant consideration earlier this year. DWD developed objective, data-driven measurement tools to validate wait lists for grant eligibility purposes, evaluate each technical college's funding request, make award decisions, and include accountability measures to protect taxpayers' investment.