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Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch Announces LTC Blueprint Grant
CLEVELAND, WI –
Lakeshore Technical College will receive more than $1.3 million in grants through Governor Scott Walkerâ€™s Blueprint for Prosperity program. Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch made the announcement Wednesday as part of a tour to announce the grants at each of the stateâ€™s 16 technical colleges.
"The investments we are making in Lakeshore Technical College under Governor Walker's leadership will enhance opportunities for working families in the Lakeshore area and help employers find the workers they need," Lt. Governor Kleefisch said. "It is through investments like these that Wisconsin will address the skills gap today and in the years to come."
Earlier this year, Governor Walker signed legislation under Blueprint for Prosperity that added $35.4 million to the Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training program. The expansion targeted three areas, including grants to reduce wait lists at Wisconsin technical colleges, grants for collaborative projects among high schools, technical colleges, and employers to train high school students in industry-recognized certifications, and grants that enhance employment opportunities for workers with disabilities.
â€œThese resources provide critical funding to train workers quickly for our local employerâ€™s greatest needs, â€œsaid LTC President Michael Lanser. â€œThe Blueprint or Prosperity grants benefit our students, our employers and our communities by strengthening our workforce with more skilled workers.â€
LTC portion of the grants will target 8 different initiatives.
The Basic Food Production Boot Camp will provide four sections of the Basic Food Production Certificate to a total of 40 students. The Boot Camp will provide necessary skills to obtain an entry level food manufacturing position. Students can transition to the workplace or enroll in a mid-level Food Production & Manufacturing certificate. The grant will also provide two sections of the Mid-Level Food Production Certificate to a total of 24 students consisting of incumbent workers and Basic Food Production completers. Students gain skills in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma and are qualified to secure a job as a Line Leader or Cell Leader.
The grant will provide two sections of the Nursing Assistant course to a total of 20 students at partner health care facilities. Upon passing, students are eligible to sit for the Wisconsin Nurse Aid Registry and become Certified Nursing Assistants to help meet the local demand for career Nursing Assistants.
Four sections of the Basic Emergency Medical Training (EMT) will become available to a total of 60 students at partnering fire stations in Lakeshore communities.
For general manufacturing, four sections of basic, entry level manufacturing courses will be available using the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council (MSSC) curriculum in a Boot Camp Format to a total of 48 students. Students gain entry level skills for the start of a career in manufacturing as a part of this program.
For Industrial Technician Automation, the grants will provide two sections of integrated manufacturing systems instruction to a total of 24 students and targets incumbent workers. By delivering training 75% face-to-face and 25% online, students earn 15 certificate credits that apply toward an Electro-Mechanical Technology Associate degree.
The grant will also provide 10 Information Technology Certification workshops to incumbent workers and IT students to serve a total of 100 students. Curriculum modifications will include faculty training to infuse or update program outcomes to include Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), Microsoft Specialist, and A+ certifications.
Three Industrial Boot Camps will target incumbent workers to include basic tools, measurement, math, print reading and maintenance to a total of 36 students. Students will obtain employment as entry level machine operators and basic maintenance and up to eight of the credits apply toward the Industrial Technician Technical Diploma.
About Lakeshore Technical College
Each year more than 10,000 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.
LTC is a nationally recognized technical college. The college was ranked the #2 two-year college in the nation for adult learners by Washington Monthly, the #17 trade school in the nation by Forbes, #11 in the nation for two-year college educational outcomes by WalletHub.com, a top-150 two-year college for the fourth consecutive time by the Aspen Institute, and a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist.
Approximately 800 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn a median salary of $47,800* per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at additional sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at gotoltc.edu.
*Source: 2019 LTC Graduate Follow-up Report, 795 graduates contacted to complete the survey; 508 graduates or 64% completed the survey.