Department of Workforce Development
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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 $1.7 Million Grant to Train Over 165 Workers at Waukesha County Technical College
Wisconsin Fast Forward grants are awarded as part of Governor's Blueprint for Prosperity Initiative
PEWAUKEE – Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch today announced the award of over $1.7 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward grant dollars to Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) to train up to 168 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 Waukesha County Technical College under Governor Walker's leadership will enhance opportunities for working families in the region 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.
During a visit to the WCTC campus, Lt. Governor Kleefisch announced DWD's intent to award the technical college $1,701,345 to train 168 additional workers in the following high-demand areas:
- $194,291 to train 18 workers in Manufacturing: CNC
- $330,621 to train 36 workers in Manufacturing: Welding
- $319,508 to train 24 workers in Education & Human Services: Early Childhood Education
- $307,737 to train 18 workers in Applied Science - Electrical Engineering
- $549,188 to train 72 workers in Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
“These grant dollars will significantly impact the journey of our students pursuing high-demand programs such as welding, computer numerical control (CNC), early childhood education and transportation, and in turn benefit our local economy,” said Kaylen Betzig, interim president of Waukesha County Technical College. “We are pleased and honored that the governor recognizes WCTC’s work as an important and valuable investment.”
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.