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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 Walker’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 state’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.
“These resources provide critical funding to train workers quickly for our local employer’s greatest needs, “said LTC President Michael Lanser. “The Blueprint or Prosperity grants benefit our students, our employers and our communities by strengthening our workforce with more skilled workers.”
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
Lakeshore Technical College is a leading provider of technical education offering more than 120 career programs including associate degrees, technical diplomas, technical certificates and apprenticeship programs. In addition, LTC offers distance learning, customized training to business and industry, and continuing education opportunities.
Serving a 200,500-resident population in east central Wisconsin, LTC operates a main campus in Cleveland and additional learning sites at LTC Manitowoc, LTC Sheboygan, LTC-Plymouth Science & Technology Center, and the Lakeshore Culinary Institute. The college also operates Community Education Centers at area high schools in Elkhart Lake, Cedar Grove-Belgium, Howards Grove, Kiel, Mishicot, Oostburg, Plymouth, Random Lake, Reedsville, and Two Rivers; and 27 distance learning sites. LTC's mission is to enrich lives and strengthen the economy by preparing a workforce that is skilled, diverse and flexible. On average, 87% of LTC graduates work in the LTC District which includes Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties, and parts of Calumet and Ozaukee Counties. Visit LTC at: gotoltc.edu.