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CLEVELAND, WI –
NEW HOLSTEIN - Wisconsin Fast Forward, the new Department of Workforce Development program that helps address the state's need for skilled workers, recently announced their first round of grants totaling $2.6 million to 32 businesses in the state. The third largest of the grants will be received byÂ Wasmer Company, creating an opportunity to triple in size. The New Holstein based energy efficiency consulting firm will receiveÂ $187,826 and plans to create a customized training program at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland and train 57 workers, including 38 new hires, to implement energy efficient building control systems.
For Wasmer Company CEO and owner Tim Wasmer, the grant is symbolic of the full circle he has traveled.Â Â Â In 1999, Wasmer took advantage of the financial aid benefits he earned during his military service and enrolled at Lakeshore Technical College, graduating with an associate’s degree in Supervisory Management. The 38 year old entrepreneur founded the Wasmer Company in 2010 after discovering hisÂ passion for energy efficiency while working as an electrician at Kohler Company. Now, 14 years later,Â The Wasmer Company will be able to use Fast Forward aid to expand by hiring and training new and existing staff to meet the demand in the rapidly growing energy efficiency industry. Fittingly,Â Tim immediately turned to LTC and their Workforce Solutions department upon hearing of the grant.
“Jane Birkholz at LTC identified the scope of the grant and Rebecca Polar helped us write the grant,” says Wasmer. “LTC was instrumental in helping obtain these funds, designing the training program, and allowing our company to add these jobs and grow the local economy. The opportunity to partner with LTC and elevate Wasmer Company to serve even more customers with the highest quality service in the business is inspiring and humbling at the same time. ”Â Â Â
The Fast Forward worker training grants promoteÂ collaborative partnerships between employers, workforce boards, technical colleges, and labor organizations to design and deliver training that leads to employment or higher wages. The program targets labor market needs for high demand occupations and skill sets by equipping both incumbent workers and job seekers with in-demand skills and ensuring results with strong accountability measures.Â This funding allows innovative training projects to get underway to ensure employers can hire and train skilled workers, that unemployed and underemployed workers gain the skills needed for family-supporting jobs, and to keep Wisconsin's economy moving into the 21st century.
Â “This grant underscores the value the Wasmer Company brings to our clients,” said Wasmer.Â “We provide a high level of expertise and service. WeÂ make the process simple by offering support and guidance every step of the way.Â Our staff must be highly skilled and trained to continue to deliver the results that have built our reputation.”
LTC President Michael Lanser believes the Fast Forward grants will greatly benefit Wasmer Company as well as other local businesses.
“Fast Forward clearly demonstrates the state’s commitment to small business and the belief that Wisconsin’s small business sector will develop new economy jobs just as Wasmer Company is doing,” says Lanser.Â Â “The fact that a company founded by an LTC alum has come back to us for training is exciting news for me personally but is even better news for the New Holstein community as Wasmer Company grows.”Â
About Lakeshore Technical College
Each year more than 11,000 people enroll in courses at Lakeshore Technical College. They rely on LTC for job preparation, to earn a degree, upgrade a specialized skill, train as an apprentice, or seek a high school equivalency. LTC faculty and staff meet students where they are in life and help them get one step closer to achieving their goals.
Close to 1,000 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn an average starting salary of $45,000 per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at four sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at gotoltc.edu.