Grant helps WITC move welding program forward
by a $14.9 million, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade
Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant that
was awarded to Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical
College is able to better assist students entering the field of welding.
grant is a result of an unprecedented state-wide collaboration between the
educational systems that are working with industry groups, workforce development
boards and more than 50 businesses. Wisconsin technical colleges have committed
to train more than 2,500 individuals during the next two years, with the hope of
reducing the skills gap to meet employer needs in manufacturing.
TAACCCT grant has been a wonderful opportunity for WITC and the welding
program,” said Mary Ann Pebler, Director of Resource Development at WITC. “The
grant has provided funding for the purchase of a robotic welder, which is new
technology in this field, and allowed us to expand the welding program by two
sections – including offering some evening sections to provide more flexible
hours of instruction.”
will use its portion of the grant to assist welding students entering the five
Short Term Embedded Technical Diploma pathways. With the goal of expanding the
college’s capacity to provide short-term training to meet the immediate needs of
employers, WITC will grow its existing adult manufacturing career pathways. The
U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration has funded 55
percent of this project equaling $605,450.
intent of the welding career pathway is to provide students with options for
multiple entry and exit points that result in employment opportunities at each
stage,” said Cindy King, Director of Curriculum at WITC. “Students then have the
option of coming back into the program should they choose to complete the
one-year technical diploma.”
effort to meet the industry demand for welders, WITC currently offers its
one-year technical diploma welding program at all four campuses, and this year
has added additional sections at the New Richmond and Superior locations. The
new short-term technical diplomas will allow students to complete a short-term
program and be available for employment in a quicker period of time.
grant has helped add flexibility for our welding students to tailor their
learning experience to meet their educational goals,” said Pebler.