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NTC led the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) effort as the lead grant writers and will be receiving dollars to administer the grant. NTC President Lori Weyers explained, “We recognize the importance of a skilled workforce in the IT sector and the significance of this industry to the state's economy. This grant award is a testament to the many individuals that worked diligently to put this grant proposal together.”
The grant will allow Wisconsin’s technical colleges to enhance and expand career pathways statewide not only within cutting-edge IT programs, but also within other critical sectors – such as health care and manufacturing – that increasingly require workers with advanced IT competencies. NTC relied on information and feedback from local employers and advisory groups to gauge the unique IT related programming needs of the NTC District. Weyers explained, “Employers will continue to be engaged in curriculum development.”
Wisconsin’s technical colleges received one of the largest single awards from the Department of Labor’s investment, and the collaboration makes the technical college system one of the few applicants to receive back-to-back grants. Grant implementation will begin in October.
Northcentral Technical College (www.NTC.edu) is north central Wisconsin's premier two-year college of choice and is a resource for all District residents. It provides individuals, organizations and businesses with quality skills training in a wide range of programs designed to build a competitive, technologically advanced workforce in today's rapidly changing global environment. NTC has seven convenient locations including the Wausau central campus, plus regional facilities in Antigo, Medford, Merrill, Phillips, Spencer and Wittenberg.