WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis., Sept. 20 -- Mid-State Technical College issued the following news:
Wisconsin's employers and workers will benefit from a $23.1 million investment by the U.S. Department of Labor, which today announced a grant to Wisconsin's 16 technical colleges to address emerging needs in the Information Technology (IT) sector.
Consortium member Mid-State Technical College (MSTC) requested $894,943 to create an Automation Specialist Advanced Technical Certificate. The new certificate will expand knowledge and skills in establishing and managing automated control systems in manufacturing environments. A similar grant last year provided MSTC with $576,788 over three years for a Stainless Steel Welding program in Marshfield.
"This collaborative effort highlights one example where we were able to proactively respond to, and creatively fund, an emerging local workforce need," MSTC President Dr. Sue Budjac said.
This grant will allow Wisconsin technical colleges to enhance and expand career pathways within cutting-edge IT programs, as well as other critical sectors such as health care and manufacturing that increasingly require workers with advanced IT competencies. The successful grant application applies to the third installment of a multi-year, nearly $2 billion federal initiative designed to increase community college credential attainment in high-priority economic sectors. In the previous round, the technical colleges won an $18.3 million grant to expand innovative programs that produce high-skilled workers in advanced manufacturing.
"Collaboration within our system has allowed us to leverage more than $41 million to address the strategic needs and priorities we've identified with our workforce and economic development partners," said Wisconsin Technical College System President Morna Foy. "That's pretty exciting for Wisconsin."
Wisconsin's technical colleges received one of the largest single awards from the Department of Labor's investment, and the collaboration makes the technical college system one of the few applicants to receive back-to-back grants. Grant implementation will begin in October.
It is especially impressive because Wisconsin's technical colleges received one of the largest single awards from the Department of Labor's investment, and the collaboration makes the technical college system one of the few applicants to receive back-to-back grants.
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