FOND DU LAC – Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch today announced the award of over $1.2 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward grant dollars to Moraine Park Technical College to train up to 126 workers for in-demand fields. The award is part of $28 million in grants that Governor Walker recently announced as part of his Blueprint for Prosperity initiative to help Wisconsin Technical College’s train over 4,900 workers for jobs that employers need to fill.
Pictured from left: Denise Devereaux, Mercury Marine VP of human resources; JoAnn Hall, MPTC dean of economic and workforce development; Kristen Finnel, MPTC dean of health and human services; Fred Rice, MPTC dean of applied technology and trades; Sheila Ruhland, MPTC president; Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch; and Reggie Newson, secretary of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
"The investments we are making in Moraine Park Technical College under Governor Walker's leadership will enhance opportunities for working families in the Fond du Lac region and help employers find the workers they need," Lt. Governor Kleefisch said. "It is through investments like these that Wisconsin will address the skills gap today and in the years to come."
The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will administer the grants, which will add capacity to 100 programs at all 16 technical colleges and accommodate up to 4,908 additional students in training programs. Training programs cover key industry sectors such as manufacturing, health care, transportation, construction and architecture, and education.
The capacity includes funds for WTCS colleges to train over 4,800 enrollees in a variety of programs, as well as up to 84 offenders taking part in the Department of Correction’s (DOC) new manufacturing mobile lab program so these individuals have skills that lead to jobs that support themselves and their families upon their return to the community.
During a visit to Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, Lt. Governor Kleefisch announced DWD's intent to award the technical college $1,217,997 to train 126 additional workers in the following high-demand areas:
$193,460 to train 18 workers in Manufacturing: Tool & Die Technology Apprenticeship
$755,476 to train 75 workers in Manufacturing Skills Academies: Industrial Maintenance, General Production Assembly, Automation, Robotic Welding
$134,177 to train 15 workers in Healthcare: Medical Coding
$134,884 to train 18 workers in Manufacturing: CNC/Tool & Die Technology (DOC lab)
“We know the integral role Moraine Park Technical College and all of Wisconsin’s technical colleges play in keeping Wisconsin’s economy strong. Our training gets workers into the workforce quickly, and keeps them in the workforce, ensuring we will continue to keep moving Wisconsin forward,” said Moraine Park President Sheila Ruhland. “The Blueprint for Prosperity grant will allow Moraine Park and its partners to continue to expand its training and education efforts, and we all look forward to the opportunities this grant will provide for all of us.”
Governor Walker signed 2013 Act 139 into law in March 2014 as part of his Blueprint for Prosperity initiative following the strong bipartisan support of the state Legislature. The legislation allocated an additional $35.4 million in funds to the Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training program with a focus on three areas:
Reduction of waits lists at Wisconsin technical colleges for high-demand fields.
Collaborative projects between high schools, technical colleges, businesses, and other partners to increase opportunities for high school pupils to earn industry-recognized credentials.
Enhancing the employment opportunities for workers with disabilities.
Technical colleges submitted initial lists of programs for grant consideration earlier this year. DWD developed objective, data-driven measurement tools to validate wait lists for grant eligibility purposes, evaluate each technical college's funding request, make award decisions, and include accountability measures to protect taxpayers' investment.
For more information on Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.