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 NWTC Receives $1 Million For High-Demand Programs


 Rodee Schneider


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. 

  • Software and Web Developer - Associate Degree

    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.  

  • Machine Tool Operator  - Technical Diploma

    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.

  • Practical Nursing - Technical Diploma

    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, visit

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the programs:

Software Developer
Software and Web
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Machine Tool CNC
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Nursing Associate Degree
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Practical Nursing
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