18. July 2012 02:39
Governor Walker announced today the awarding of a Wisconsin Workforce Partnership Grant from the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation Inc. for Moraine Park Technical College.
The College will use the $705,647 grant to provide specific training necessary to create new jobs at partnering businesses including Amerequip Corporation, Brenner Tank, John Crane Orion, and Mid-States Aluminum Corporation.
“This is the kind of collaboration that will get Wisconsin working again,” said Governor Scott Walker. “Technical Colleges partner with employers who have a hands-on role in developing the educational programs so those pursuing this education will have the skills they need to get good, family-supporting jobs. This grant will bridge the gap between people who want good jobs and employers who need skilled workers.”
The grant will establish Manufacturing Skills Academies for both machine operation and welding training in a 15-week boot camp format. This training will result in either an Entry Level Welding Certificate or a Computer Numerical Control Machine Operator Certificate. Students will have options to connect to additional diplomas and certificates available from Moraine Park. Upon completion of the grant, the partnership companies expect to fill 108 new positions with skilled workers.
“Through the generosity of the Wisconsin’s Workforce Partnership Grant, funded by the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation, we are able to help move Wisconsin forward in closing the gap between Wisconsin’s middle-skill jobs and available workers,” said Dr. Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president. “We are thrilled to be working with Amerequip, Brenner Tank, John Crane Orion, and Mid-States Aluminum as Moraine Park moves into the next century of innovative education and will continue to strengthen the pipeline between Moraine Park and employers throughout the district.”
Wisconsin Workforce Partnership Program grants are privately funded by the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation Inc. This Foundation program serves job creators and job seekers by using technical school education and targeting it to Wisconsin’s immediate employment needs.
Governor Walker worked with the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation Inc. to create this grant program. The program was announced in March of this year and in total $3.8 million in grants will be awarded to help fund programs like the one in Moraine Park and other Wisconsin Technical College System schools.
Moraine Park was established in 1912 and is one of 16 technical college districts that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System. With campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates. Moraine Park’s Economic and Workforce Development offers customized training, workshops and seminars to meet current and future workforce needs. Supporting entrepreneurship for small businesses, Moraine Park provides low-cost non-degree classes, free entrepreneurial workshops and entrepreneurial certification. To find out more about Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.