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.