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
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Blueprint for Prosperity: Lt. Governor Kleefisch Announces $1.9 Million Grant to Train Over 300 Workers at Nicolet Area Technical College
Wisconsin Fast Forward grants are awarded as part of Governor's Blueprint for Prosperity Initiative
RHINELANDER – Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch today announced the award of over $1.9 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward grant dollars to Nicolet College to train up to 303 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 Nicolet College under Governor Walker's leadership will enhance opportunities for working families and help employers across the region 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 Nicolet College campus, Lt. Governor Kleefisch announced DWD's intent to award the technical college $1,921,544 to train 303 additional workers in the following high-demand areas:
- $436,147 to train 16 students in electromechanical technology.
- $758,293 to train 92 students in welding.
- $269,859 to train 30 students to be computer support specialists.
- $189,252 to train 50 students in business management and marketing.
- $95,130 to train 80 students to be nursing assistants.
- $172,872 to train 35 students in early childhood education.
“Workforce training is at the heart of what we do at Nicolet and the Fast Forward grants will go a long way in helping Nicolet meet that mission," said Nicolet Technical College Interim President Dr. Kenneth Urban. "The college has a long history of working in close partnership with area businesses to determine training needs. These grants will directly benefit our students by giving them the exact skills they need to be successful, while businesses in the region will gain a skilled workforce to drive economic development.”
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.