Sunday – January 21, 2018
In October 2009, Milwaukee Area Technical College received a $547,000 three-year federal grant through the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). The funding is part of the $7 million initiative aimed at training dislocated workers that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced during a visit to MATC in June 2009.
The grant funds MATC's Pathways to Construction Trades (PaCT) project, in which 120 students are receiving more than 500 hours of construction trades training and basic skills instruction. The project began in late summer 2010 and includes English-, Hmong- and Spanish-speaking students. One of the goals of the project is to introduce students to construction careers, specifically in carpentry, masonry, electricity and green technologies, such as weatherization. The end result will be job-ready individuals who are equipped to enter the workforce or continue in college-level programs.
The partners involved in the initiative include the Milwaukee Help In ReEmployment (HIRE) Consortium which consists of the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB), the Milwaukee County Labor Council, Wisconsin Job Service, AFL-CIO Labor Education and Training Center, and the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership.