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WITC receives $884,362 Wisconsin Fast Forward Grant

Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary David Anderson announced the release of a grant under the Wisconsin Fast Forward; Blueprint for Prosperity initiative to fund two new sections of WITC’s high-demand welding program at both the New Richmond and Rice Lake campuses, on Friday, July 25, at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s Superior campus.

(7/29/14): Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College along with Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary David Anderson announced the release of a large grant under the Wisconsin Fast Forward; Blueprint for Prosperity initiative to fund two new sections of WITC’s high-demand welding program at both the New Richmond and Rice Lake campuses. The funds will help to bring down the wait lists for the program, getting more students through the program faster, so they can be employed in open positions at regional businesses.

 Governor Walker signed into law his "Blueprint for Prosperity" initiative in March 2014. The legislation provides more than $35 million in additional funding to expand the DWD-operated Wisconsin Fast Forward program. One focus is to provide grants for the Wisconsin Technical College System to reduce waiting lists for enrollment in programs and courses in high-demand fields.

With approximately 1,600 employees, DWD works with employers to fill jobs, provides training and employment services to workers, enforces workers’ rights, and administers Unemployment Insurance and Worker’s Compensation programs.