News Release

Published on Thursday, September 14, 2006

Western Technical College will receive more than $83,000 in Workforce Advancement Training grants to train 230 Mauston area workers.

The funding is part of $2 million set aside by Governor Jim Doyle in his budget for the Wisconsin Technical College System that will be used to train 1,700 workers throughout Wisconsin. The grants are awarded to technical colleges throughout the state to work in collaboration with local businesses to help Wisconsin employees upgrade their skills and productivity, providing improved job security, increased career opportunities, and support for regional workforce and economic development efforts.

Two grants were awarded in the Mauston area. The first is to fund a $46,944 project that will provide training for four manufacturing businesses: Parker Hannifin, Stroh Controls, McElroy Metal, and Necedah Screw Machine Company. Training will be provided in supervisory management, interpersonal communication skills, machining and manufacturing, and information technology for the manufacturing environment.

With the second grant, Western Technical College will use $36,163 to train employees of Tailor Made of Elroy, a manufacturer of plastic kitchen utensils and other plastic products. Western will collaborate with Madison Area Technical College to provide training to Tailor Made technicians in plastic technology. Western will also provide training in electronics to give the employees skills to work on electromechanical equipment in the manufacturing process.

“We are thrilled to receive this support from the state,” said Jim Waller, Western Technical College Mauston Campus administrator. “This investment will help us in our mission to develop partnerships that improve the economic vitality and quality of life in the Mauston area.”

The grant will be managed through Western’s Business and Industry Services division, which specializes in customized training aimed at increasing productivity and profitability through employee skill development. For more information about Western Technical College programs and services for business and industry, please call 608.785.9232 or visit the Web site at