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New grant will help close "skills gap"
Wisconsin Fast Forward will make up to $15 million in grants available to support employer-led worker training
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s campuses will host regional informational meetings about Wisconsin Fast Forward Grant Opportunities. The events will take place on Tuesday, March 4, from 2-4 p.m. at WITC-Superior in the conference center and on Thursday, March 6, from 2-4 p.m. at WITC-Ashland in room 306.
Shelly Harkins, from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's Office of Skills Development, will present on recently released second round of Wisconsin Fast Forward business grants and details about the application process. Wisconsin Fast Forward will make up to $15 million in grants available to support employer-led worker training.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to adapt to market conditions by adding instructional capacity where employers have the greatest needs,” said WITC President Bob Meyer. “This is one solution that will help address the ‘skills gap’ that we are facing in the region, state and nation.”
The Department of Workforce Development's new Office of Skills Development is administering the program. This second round of grants focuses on:
· Health Care and Related Occupations
· Information Technology Occupations
· Manufacturing Occupations
· Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution Occupations
· Financial Services Occupations
· Construction Trades and Related Occupations
· Wisconsin Small Businesses
Grant applicants can be a single business, a consortium of businesses, or a business/businesses in partnership with local workforce development boards and/or economic development organizations. Applicants may want to consider engaging local workforce and economic development organizations to develop a consortium. The collaborative effort helps to ensure that applications result in successful, sustained training programs.
“The funds will be used to reduce our wait lists at the technical colleges and put people to work faster,” said Meyer. “In our case, the funds would help us add capacity to train more welders and machinists.”
These events are sponsored by the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board, Inc., Northcentral Technical College and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. There will be additional informational meetings throughout Northwest Wisconsin about the second round of Wisconsin Fast Forward grant opportunities. Other program information can be found at: WisconsinFastForward.com.
Ranked fourth best two-year college in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine, WITC serves the educational and career needs of more than 25,000 residents of Northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, WITC offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized business training, and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. WITC is a member of Wisconsin Technical College System. For more information, call 800.243.WITC or visit witc.edu. WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access Employer and Educator.
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