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MATC Receives Five Workforce Advancement Training Grants

MILWAUKEE (June 25, 2012) - The Wisconsin Technical College System recently announced that Milwaukee Area Technical College has received five Workforce Advancement Training Grants totaling $221,322. The grants will be used for skills training programs with area businesses.

The grants, which will be coordinated by staff in MATC's Office for Workforce and Economic Development (OWED), include funding partnerships with the following companies/organizations:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Milwaukee - This project will prepare 86 group leaders and 17 assistant group leaders from Milwaukee-area child care centers receive the increased knowledge and skills required to meet the new State of Wisconsin's Department of Children and Family's "YoungStar" Quality Rating and Improvement System. This project was developed in coordination with the Boys & Girls Clubs to provide quality education and ease the financial and time constraints for both the centers and the teachers. It also helps ensure that children in a state licensed day care facility receive quality day care services.

Compo Steel Products – MATC will provide 208 hours of welding training to 24 production employees at this Milwaukee-based fabricator and contract manufacturer serving the agriculture, recreational vehicle, construction equipment and transportation industries. This training will enable welders to meet new customer specification requirements. As part of an innovative three-phase initiative with Compo Steel and the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, the first 12 participants will be trained this fall; the second group of 12 participants will be trained next spring. 

Kickhaeffer Manufacturing Company – MATC will deliver beginning, intermediate and advanced Excel courses to 30 employees across eight areas of the manufacturing support areas at this Port Washington company. The new skills will ensure improved quality and profitability in all operational phases. Employees will be able to advance their knowledge of and familiarity with the software and keep current with the technology being utilized in the plant, potentially allowing them to apply for higher paying positions.

Kinetic Company – MATC will deliver 142 hours of training to employees at Kinetic Company, a manufacturer of industrial blades, knives, anvils, bands and winding mandrels located in Greendale. Kinetic has experienced an increase in orders, and is challenged with finding skilled and trained workers. Kinetic is committed to growing its talent from within through a plan to provide internal basic production skills to the entry level shop employees which will help prepare them for more advanced skills training.

Regal Beloit Corporation – MATC will help the Grafton-based company establish its culture of high energy teams with strong integrity. As many as 102 employees will participate in these professional development opportunities that empower them to work in teams that exemplify inclusion and respect for all while fostering high performance.

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