News Release

Published on Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Western Technical College has implemented a new procedure for area businesses to apply for Workforce Advancement Training Grants. The college will be hosting informational meetings to explain the new process. All for-profit companies are invited to attend a meeting at the following campus locations:

La Crosse, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 9:00-10:00 a.m., Academic Resource Center, Room 200
Tomah, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 9:00-10:00 a.m., Room 106
Black River Falls, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 11:00 a.m.-Noon, Room 114
Independence, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Room 132
Viroqua, Monday, Jan. 15, 9:00-10:00 a.m., Room 115
Mauston, Monday, Jan. 15, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Room 121

Over $1,000,000 in funding has been set aside by Governor Jim Doyle in his 2005-2007 budget for the Wisconsin Technical College System that will be used to train incumbent 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.

The grants will fund training for incumbent workers in all areas of need including, but not limited to, trade-specific skills, safety, supervisory management/leadership, communication/team building, computer skills, technical assistance, and basic skills, such as math, writing, e-mail, etc.

Last year, four grants were awarded to businesses in Western’s district. The first was awarded to Eagle Systems at Fort McCoy. The second funded a project that provides training for four manufacturing businesses in Mauston, Wis.: Parker Hannifin, Stroh Controls, McElroy Metal, and Necedah Screw Machine Company. The third grant is currently being used to train employees of Tailor Made in Elroy, Wis., and the fourth grant is assisting employees of Inland Printing in La Crosse.

Companies interested in applying for Workforce Advancement Training Grants in 2007 must fill out and submit a Request for Consideration to Western Technical College by Jan. 31, 2007. More specific information will be given at the information sessions. To RSVP for the sessions, contact Western Technical College’s Business and Industry Services Division at 608.785.9232 or bis@westerntc.edu.