WITC receives grant to expand welding program

By KBJR News 1

October 14, 2013 Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 6:38 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College recently acquired a grant to bulk up its welding program.
The money is being used to buy new equipment and get students to work more quickly.

WITC in Superior was one college of 16 to receive part of a 14.9 million dollar grant that was recently awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant. The grant is intended to assist students entering into the welding field. WITC has already put some of the money to good use.

The grant was also used to purchase welding equipment, including a robotic welder and to expand the college's capacity to provide short–term training to meet immediate needs of employers.
The expansion will grow the adult manufacturing career pathways program.

"What it allows us to do is block our classes, which was really actually a pretty smooth transition for the welding program because we already teach that way, where one class builds on the class before it." Said Welding Instructor Aleasha Hladilek.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration has funded 55 percent of the career pathways project which totals just over 600–thousand dollars. The program supports dislocated workers.

"Going back to school, it's given me a future for me and my kids, where I can go out and get a decent paying job." said Student Jacob Hochstetler.

WITC hopes to train more than 25–hundred students during the next two years and connect them to manufacturing business.