State training grants will enhance local workforce; Moraine Park to train 109 workers

by admin19. September 2007 19:00

Three area businesses are receiving $37,830 in worker training dollars from the Wisconsin Technical College System. The Workforce Advancement Training Grants will be used to fund training provided by Moraine Park Technical College for 109 area workers over the next 10 months.


“The grants are an investment to make our current workforce more productive and Wisconsin businesses more globally competitive,” said Dan Clancy, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System. “It provides the dollars for businesses to take advantage of the world-class technical college education in a time when competitiveness and efficiency are critical.” 


“Moraine Park has a strong commitment to helping companies in our district develop their workforce, as a skilled workforce is a competitive advantage for any company,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “We were pleased to be notified about funding for the training at Alto Dairy Cooperative, Grande Cheese Company and Del Monte Foods. I believe this is another example of how Moraine Park's strong collaborations with the state and area companies have a positive impact on the economic future of our district and our state.”


Grant applications are made by technical college districts in partnership with local employers, which must demonstrate training needs, the importance to the local or regional economy, measurable outcomes (including improved productivity and competitiveness) and increased employee wages and career opportunities.   


Roughly 5,500 workers across the state will receive training to upgrade their skills through the $1 million in Workforce Advancement Training Grants. The training may include any combination of academic, occupational and career topics or courses. 


A local breakdown of grants awarded is as follows:


Alto Dairy Cooperative, $15,077: Moraine Park will provide 158 hours of instruction to 80 hourly and salaried employees at Alto Dairy in Waupun. Measurable outcomes indicate skill increases in safety, lean principles, Microsoft Report Writer and company-specific equipment maintenance. The company will benefit from cost reductions and improved employee participation in a lean culture, allowing them to compete effectively in a tight margin market.


Grande Cheese Company, $8,212: Moraine Park will provide 53 hours of Six Sigma Black Belt instruction and coaching to four quality and management employees of Grande Cheese Co. of Lomira. Grande identified the need for this training to support quality improvement initiatives. Anticipated results include scrap reduction, process variation reduction and an increase in process capability.


Del Monte Foods, $14,451: Moraine Park will provide 135 hours of instruction to 25 hourly and salaried employees at Del Monte’s facilities in Markesan and Cambria. Measurable outcomes indicate skill increases in Spanish language skills, programmable logic controller utilization, and supervisory skills, with anticipated results of a decrease in lost-time accidents and in downtime due to equipment delays.


Moraine Park, with campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend and regional sites in Ripon and Hartford, is one of 16 colleges comprising the Wisconsin Technical College System. The College offers more than 100 associate degrees, technical diplomas and certificates as well as apprenticeship training and customized training for business and industry. To find out more, visit


The Wisconsin Technical College System is the major provider of customized training and technical assistance to Wisconsin’s business and industry community.