WITC in Superior receives over $800,000 in grants to aid welding program

By KBJR News 1

July 24, 2014 Updated Jul 24, 2014 at 7:48 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior has just received more than $800,000 from a grant, helping to fund more sections of the college's high-demand programs.

The Wisconsin Fast Forward Grant from the Department of Workforce Development, or DWD, will help eliminate nearly 50 students from the wait list in the college's quickly growing welding program.

In March Governor Walker signed into law his "Blueprint for Prosperity" initiative, providing more than $35,000,000 in additional funding to expand the DWD operated Wisconsin Fast Forward program, giving schools like WITC greater opportunities.

Officials with WITC say the grant won't only help the school but also employers throughout the Twin Ports.

"We have a lot of good employers in the area and getting our workforce the skills they need to contribute to those employers is something that really helps with our established employers, in terms of meeting their expansion or continuation requirements," said John Will, incoming president of WITC.

The grant will come into WITC over a two year period, helping two different fall cohorts of students access the program.