U.S. Secretary of Labor applauds Wisconsin’s technical colleges

by abemis13. December 2013 11:08

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez visited Wisconsin as part of a Midwest stop on Wednesday, Dec. 4.  Secretary Perez visited Gateway Technical College in Racine to follow up on the innovative training programs planned as a result of Labor’s recent $23.1 million grant to the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), announced in September.

Moraine Park Technical College is receiving $995,662 as part of the grant program’s statewide investment in Information Technology (IT) career pathways, which develops advanced IT competencies to support every sector of the state’s economy, including business, health care, hospitality, manufacturing and others.

The successful grant application is the third installment of a multi-year, nearly $2 billion federal community college initiative designed to increase credential attainment in high-priority economic sectors.  In the previous round, the technical colleges won an $18.3 million grant to expand innovative programs that produce high-skilled workers in advanced manufacturing.

“We were thrilled to provide this grant, because it was earned,” Secretary Perez told a panel of employers, students and WTCS leaders on Wednesday.“You have written the book— that’s why you won one of the largest grants.”

“Moraine Park is proud to be part of the collaboration with the WTCS,” Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park Technical College president, said. “I know these funds will go a long way to provide our students and students across our state with new opportunities.”

Wisconsin’s technical colleges received one of the largest single awards and the collaboration is one of the few applicants to successfully receive back-to-back grants.  The grant to Moraine Park Technical College will fund additional courses within its current IT program offerings and create new certificates in digital media and network security.

 For more information about Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.