WITC Awarded Workforce Partnership Grant

By KBJR News 1

WITC Awarded Workforce Partnership Grant

July 18, 2012 Updated Jul 18, 2012 at 4:08 PM CDT

(Northland's NewsCenter) -- Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College will be one of five technical colleges in the state that will share almost $4 million as recipients of its Wisconsin Workforce Partnership Grants.

The colleges will use the grants to provide training to help fill available jobs at partner businesses with manufacturing needs.

The Wisconsin Covenant Foundation, Inc. announced that the college will receive $602,400 to be used in partnership with Kestrel Aircraft to create a training program.

The associate degree in the composite technology program will address the need for qualified aircraft fabrication workers.

Students can earn a degree, diploma, or certificate, leading to job placement in family-sustaining occupations.

“We feel honored to be recognized by the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation as one of six projects being grant funded to address the skills gap for local employers,” said Charlie Glazman, WITC associate dean of continuing education. “The Associate Degree Program in Composite Technology Technician that WITC is proposing with this grant will be the first in the state of Wisconsin.”

Each program represents a partnership between the technical college and one or more Wisconsin businesses for the combined development of a manufacturing degree.

Funds will be used to support the investment in equipment, supplies, and specialized instruction that colleges must make to provide training in this area.

The grants allow the colleges to make those investments.

Other Wisconsin technical colleges awarded grants includes Gateway Technical College, Moraine Park Technical College, Nicolet Area Technical College and Southwest Wisconsin Technical College.