October 21, 2013
The Wisconsin Technical College System received a $23,177,882 U.S. Department of Labor grant to support INTERFACE, a statewide initiative to develop, improve and expand adult training pathways to careers in information technology related occupations. MATC received $2,092,798 for the college’s Computer Support Specialist associate degree program.
“This federal grant will support dynamic course development in a rapidly changing industry sector,” said MATC President Dr. Michael L. Burke. “I appreciate the involvement of several advisory committee members on this project to ensure that we are meeting the workforce needs of area IT companies.”
MATC anticipates 300 individuals to be trained over a three-year period. The project will create a new career pathway, develop three new courses that include industry-recognized certifications, and incorporate advanced wireless curriculum.
MATC School of Business Associate Dean Mercedes Fisher is the project manager for the college.
This grant is part of $474.5 million in grants to community colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of innovative training programs in partnership with local employers. The grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program, a multiyear, nearly $2 billion initiative to expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade.
The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program is a federal program that provides a path for employment growth and opportunity through aid to U.S. workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade. The TAA program seeks to provide these trade-affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, resources and support they need to become reemployed.
This is the second TAA grant Wisconsin’s technical colleges have received. The first was a $14.9 million grant for the four-year "Making the Future" project to develop, expand and improve advanced manufacturing career pathways that was awarded in 2012.
For more information about MATC's IT Computer Support Specialist associate degree program, visit this link