From wdio.com: “WITC-Superior receives $900K State Grant” — Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior is getting state dollars to fund their high-demand welding programs.

The Department of Workforce Development awarded the campus with a $884,362 grant under the Wisconsin Fast Forward Blueprint for Prosperity initiative.

The grant will fund two new sections of WITC’s high-demand welding program at both the New Richmond and Rice Lake campuses.

DWD’s Assistant Deputy Secretary David Anderson said the job market is looking up in Wisconsin, but not all workers have the right skills.

“One of the things we hear from employers though is that there is a little bit of a skills gap that is holding them back in finding skilled workers for a lot of the jobs that are available,” said Anderson.

Last week, Governor Scott Walker announced all 16 technical schools in Wisconsin will get more than $28 million in state dollars to fund programs in high demand.

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From wkow.com: “Waiting lists at tech colleges to shrink thanks to $35 million grant” — Waiting lists at technical colleges across Wisconsin are shrinking thanks to a $35 dollar boost.

Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch stopped by Madison College on Tuesday to announce the school be will receiving $5 million as part of the Wisconsin Fast Forward: Blueprint for Prosperity Initiative.

The money will be used to get more students into programs and courses in high-demand fields.

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch says, “In Wisconsin today there are about 67,000 open jobs, yet we still have folks that are unemployed, there’s a skills mismatch. We need to make sure the folks that are seeking employment have the skills that job creators who are offering that employment will require in order to hire someone.”

Madison College says the $5 million grant will allow them to train an additional 934 students.

From wausaudailyherald.com: “NTC, SPASH receive Blueprint for Prosperity grants” — Northcentral Technical College in Wausau and Stevens Point Area Senior High School will be the recipients of two grants to develop or expand programs that prepare high school pupils for work or further education in high-demand fields.

NTC will receive just under $150,000, the second largest of all the grants. SPASH will receive just over $33,000.

The two grants are part of a total of $2.1 million to be awarded by the state Department of Workforce Development, Secretary Reggie Newson announced Tuesday in a DWD news release.

The grants are part of Gov. Scott Walker’s Blueprint for Prosperity, a program designed to provide tax relief and invest in worker training. The plan includes $35.4 million to expand the Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training program into three key areas, including:

• Increasing industry-recognized certifications in high-demand fields for high school students.

• Reducing wait lists in high-demand fields at Wisconsin technical colleges.

• Enhancing employment opportunities for workers with disabilities.

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