Rice Lake

Gov. Walker shows his support of broadband with visit to WITC

May 12, 2021

On Cyber Monday, as there were millions of Americans Christmas shopping on the Internet, Gov. Walker visited the WITC-Rice Lake campus to recognize WITC's Broadband Academy, which is a unique program intended to provide highly skilled training to the expanding broadband workforce that will be required in the years to come.

Gov. Walker and broadband student in the broadband lab at WITC

The Broadband Academy is an online format along with hands-on assessments. It provides the most up-to-date technical training in the areas of computer information systems, wireless communications, cable TV and telephones and has three main levels: broadband customer service specialist, broadband installer and technician, and advanced networking specialist.

The program is available to the unemployed, underemployed, those who want to move up in their jobs, and even high school students who want to explore technical careers.

The program is recognized by the NTCA-Rural Broadband Association, Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association and the Minnesota Telecom Alliance. Because of the online format, the program is available nationwide and has served students as far away as Alaska and Colorado.

Broadband Academy is an IMPACT program 100% funded by US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

For more information, contact Dan Schullo, 877.243.2431, or dan.schullo@witc.edu.

A nationally top-ranked college and a designated Military Friendly® School, WITC serves the educational and career needs of more than 25,000 residents of Northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, WITC offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized business training, and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. WITC is a member of Wisconsin Technical College System and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (ncahlc.org). For more information, call 800.243.WITC or visit witc.edu. WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator.


Are you ready to experience success? WITC staff are standing by to support you in reaching your educational and career goals, so do it. Take the leap.