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State's Technical Colleges Receive $28 Million in Wisconsin Fast Forward Grant Funds
MATC Awarded $2.5 Million for Four High-Demand Programs
Milwaukee Area Technical College has received $2.5 million as part of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s Blueprint for Prosperity grant program to reduce academic program waiting lists at Wisconsin’s technical colleges. The funds will be allocated over a two-year period. The state's 16 technical colleges received fund totaling $28,021,052.
Governor Walker visited MATC's Center for Energy Conservation and Advanced Manufacturing on the Oak Creek Campus today to announce the grants. He was joined by Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson, Wisconsin Technical College System President Morna Foy and MATC President Dr. Vicki J. Martin.
The Blueprint for Prosperity program is part of Governor Walker’s Wisconsin Fast Forward initiative that helps address the state's need for skilled workers. The program has created worker training grants and makes other investments to prepare workers for jobs available today and in the years to come.
"Our administration has made worker training a top priority, allocating more than $135 million in new resources to equip Wisconsin workers with the skills needed to fill jobs that employers have available," Governor Walker said. "This substantial investment in the Wisconsin Technical College System will help our top-notch technical colleges build the capacity to train thousands of workers across the state with skills we know are in high demand by employers."
The four MATC programs that have received funding are:
- Certified Nursing Assistant
- Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator/Programmer
- Early Childhood Education
- Truck Driving
“This grant will provide MATC the opportunity to prepare area residents for employment in high-demand fields in southeastern Wisconsin,” said MATC President Dr. Vicki J. Martin. “These programs are among our most popular and the funds will allow us to educate, train and prepare more students for careers that are essential to Wisconsin’s economic vitality.”