Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) is among the
recipients of the 2014 Wisconsin Fast Forward - Blueprint for Prosperity grant
awards. NWTC’s award of $1,008,652 will increase the College’s capacity to
serve students in high-demand fields and programs beginning in fall 2014.
More than $28 million was awarded to the 16
colleges in the
Wisconsin Technical College System to focus on training in areas such as
advanced manufacturing, IT, and healthcare. The awards are
part of Governor Walker's Blueprint for Prosperity initiative.
More Grads Needed in Key Areas
The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will
administer the grants, which will add capacity to 100 programs throughout the
state. At NWTC, programs receiving
funding include Machine Tool Operator, Nursing, Practical Nursing, Software
Development and Web Development.
Grant funds will be used for expenses such as course
development, instructor wages, and the purchase of course materials.
The grant provides funding for a Software and Web Developer Weekend Academy set to begin in fall 2014. The new scheduling option allows
students to complete one of the two degrees in as few as two years by taking
Friday evening and Saturday classes.
The Software Developer program, new to the College in 2014,
will train students for careers as computer programmers and software
developers, while Web Development graduates have found jobs as web analysts,
web developers and in technical support. One-hundred percent of Web Development
students found employment within six months of graduation according to the College’s latest graduate follow-up report.
The Blueprint for Prosperity grant expands capacity for the
one-year Machine Tool Operator technical diploma. Graduates of the program work
as CNC operators, Machine Set-Up Operators, Machine Tool Operators and
Machinists. Students also have the option of continuing onto the second year of
the Machine Tool – CNC Technician program.
Nursing - Associate Degree
A program that’s consistently in high demand, NWTC’s
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) will also increase its capacity thanks to the
grant. Specically, the grant will train more students in the College’s Nursing “bridge” program,
which is designed for Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) graduates who want to
earn their ADN.
At least twelve additional Practical Nursing students will be able to immediately enter
the program as a result of the grant funding. Practical Nursing graduates care for patients and assist doctors and registered nurses in hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare settings.
Blueprint for Prosperity Initiative
The grants are part of Gov. Scott Walker’s Blueprint for
Prosperity Initiative, which provides more than $35 million in additional
funding to expand the Department of Workforce Development-operated Wisconsin
Fast Forward program.
The initiative uses grants to target three key areas,
including increasing industry-recognized certifications in high-demand fields
for high school students; reducing wait lists in high-demand fields at
Wisconsin technical colleges; and enhancing employment opportunities for
workers with disabilities.
For additional information on the Blueprint for Prosperity,