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Technical colleges key to 'Grow Wisconsin' initiatives
MADISON Ė Wisconsinís technical colleges will be instrumental in
several key initiatives in Governor Jim Doyleís "Grow Wisconsin" plan.
Highlights of that plan were presented Jan. 29 to the Wisconsin
Technical College System Board by Board Member and Secretary of the Department
of Workforce Development Roberta Gassman.
The Governorís plan, the third in a series, focuses on
continuing to expand Wisconsinís economy by encouraging business innovation and
expansion while developing the highly skilled and well-trained workforce needed
to fuel that expansion. "The result will be continued movement toward a dynamic,
innovative state economy that produces good-paying jobs," Secretary Gassman
Highlights of the plan include creation of a $1.5 million grant
program to provide tuition assistance to full-time, low-wage workers who can
receive up to $1,000 per year for technical college training.
In addition, the Governor intends to target $640,000 to expand
opportunities for transitioning from adult basic education into technical
training, expand and create linkages between Youth and Adult apprenticeship
programs, and expand funding for targeted training that supports vibrant and
"The system appreciates the Governorís leadership in recognizing
the critical role Wisconsinís technical colleges play in strengthening the
stateís economy," stated Board President Mary Quinnette Cuene. "Once again, the
Governorís creativity and vision will lead efforts to leverage the stateís
educational resources to grow Wisconsin."
"The important partnership between the technical colleges and
the Department of Workforce Development," noted Board vice president Allan Kehl,
"is a critical resource for municipal, county, and regional economic development
efforts." He added, "It reinforces statewide efforts to match career and
technical education with emerging industries in a way that is good for business,
good for workers, and good for the economy."
The Wisconsin Technical College System has 16 technical college
districts throughout Wisconsin, which offer more than 300 programs awarding
two-year associate degrees, one and two-year technical diplomas and short-term
technical diplomas. In addition, the System is the major provider of customized
training and technical assistance to Wisconsinís business and industry
community. More than half of all adults in Wisconsin have accessed the technical
colleges for education and training.
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