State awards $28 million to train workers at technical colleges

2014-07-18T04:05:00Z State awards $28 million to train workers at technical collegesSource: madisoncollege.edu/waitlisted-programs madison.com

A new award of $28 million in grants spread throughout Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges will help train nearly 5,000 more workers in high-demand fields, Gov. Scott Walker announced Thursday.

The programs at each college receiving money from the Wisconsin Fast Forward grants have not been announced.

Each campus will make those details public over the next few weeks.

The grants will add capacity to 100 programs at technical colleges statewide, placing 4,908 additional students in training programs.

Programs covered under the new grant money will include those related to the fields of manufacturing, health care, transportation, construction, architecture and education.

Madison Area Technical College has permanent waiting lists in 11 programs, most of them related to health care, plus another 36 programs that sometimes fill beyond capacity, according to its website.

Technical colleges earlier this year submitted initial lists of programs to be considered for the grants to the state’s workforce development department, which will administer them.

MATC requested money for 14 programs, the majority related to manufacturing. Two construction programs and two health care programs were included.

The grant money can be used for course development, hiring instructors and buying materials. It can’t be used for student financial aid, tuition or capital improvements.

The $28 million is part of a $35.4 million workforce development law signed by Walker last March.

The law called for funding to focus on cutting wait lists at technical colleges, improving technical training opportunities for high school students and helping improve employment prospects for people with disabilities.

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  1. idunoe
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    idunoe - July 19, 2014 12:58 am
    Let me see if I got this right. Walker cut funding to education, K-12, tech schools, universities. He has done nothing to reduce the cost of education in the state, except freeze tuitions at the university level, cutting the funding to them, causing a drop in curricula, causing classes to be cancelled, causing UW Superior to have to end most of it's services. Now he wants us to give him kudos for giving back a pittance in an election year? Please you Walker supporters, drink this Kool Aid, Jim Jones has some more for you when you really follow SKW's lead.
  2. Veritas777
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    Veritas777 - July 18, 2014 9:47 am
    ....and by "cut funding", what the liberals really mean is increase funding to tech Schools for job retraining by 1300% over the Doyle administration...................... ....................Wisconsin refuses to return to the Doyle daze of high taxes, high unemployment, high deficits, stealing from private funds, borrowing from neighboring states, not funding transportation projects, and passing the buck until a republican gets in office and FIXES it....................... ..........................Wisconsin FINALLY has a governor that gets it done (unemployment down, budget surpluses, taxes reduced, REAL household incomes UP) and the democrats want to return to the Doyle DAZE. .................... .....................NO MAS MARY MARY QUITE CONTRARY HOW DOES YOUR PERSONAL FORTUNE GROW......
  3. Nav
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    Nav - July 18, 2014 6:31 am
    It seems to me that Governor Walker may now realize what a bad mistake it was to cut funding to technical colleges in WI. By doing so, he may have undermined his own goal of creating 250,000 jobs in the state.

    Preparing people for jobs is what technical colleges are all about, and most seem to have an excellent record of same. I support Governor Walker on this initiative but it should have been done much earlier.
  4. fluteplayer
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    fluteplayer - July 18, 2014 6:12 am
    Still trying to repair that 30% cut to technical college funding from the 2011-2012 budget. Maybe they needed the money after all!
  5. NotBeingPaid
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    NotBeingPaid - July 17, 2014 6:22 pm
    Choo choo!

    Oh, not that kind of "train workers?"
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