Department of Workforce Development
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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Blueprint for Prosperity: Lt. Governor Kleefisch Announces $1.9 Million Grant to Train Over 750 Workers at Gateway Technical College
Wisconsin Fast Forward grants are awarded as part of Governor's Blueprint for Prosperity Initiative
STURTEVANT – Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch today announced the award of almost $1.9 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward grant dollars to Gateway Technical College (GTC) to train up to 756 workers for in-demand fields. The award is part of $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 investments we are making in Gateway Technical College under Governor Walker's leadership will enhance opportunities for working families in southeastern Wisconsin and help employers find the workers they need," Lt. Governor Kleefisch said. "It is through investments like these that Wisconsin will address the skills gap today and in the years to come."
The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will administer the grants, which will 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.
The capacity includes funds for WTCS colleges to train over 4,800 enrollees in a variety of programs, as well as up to 84 offenders taking part in the Department of Corrections' new manufacturing mobile lab program so these individuals have skills that lead to jobs that support themselves and their families upon their return to the community.
During a visit to the GTC campus, Lt. Governor Kleefisch announced DWD's intent to award the technical college $1,894,531 to train 756 additional workers in the following high-demand areas:
- $413,070 to train 108 workers in Manufacturing: CNC boot camps
- $122,693 to train 60 workers in Transportation, Distribution and Logistics: Industrial Mobile Lift (Light construction)
- $83,318 to train 58 workers in Business Management
- $96,443 to train 60 workers in Fluid Power: Badger Meter/Fresh Water Management
- $26,093 to train 40 workers in Education: WTCS Instructor Industry Certification
- $27,216 to train 10 workers in Apprenticeship: Medical Coding
- $40,793 to train 64 workers in Transportation, Distribution and Logistics: Logistics boot camps
- $267,593 to train 48 workers in Manufacturing: Welding
- $244,493 to train 32 workers in Health Care: Nursing
- $260,873 to train 48 workers in Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Academy
- $145,268 to train 150 workers in HVAC: Modine Industry Specialized Training
- $76,493 to train 48 workers in HVAC: Building Performance Instrument Certification
- $20,412 to train 12 workers in Apprenticeship: Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator
- $69,773 to train 18 workers in Manufacturing: CNC Operator training (DOC lab)
“Priming the talent pipeline with the Blueprint for Prosperity investments are critical for sustaining our region’s economic recovery,” said Gateway Technical College President and CEO Bryan Albrecht. “Blueprint for Prosperity grants will increase Gateway’s ability to supply local employers with skilled workers to grow their business.”
Governor Walker signed 2013 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.
- 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.