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NTC Receives Grant

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September 25, 2013
Northcentral Technical College Awarded $6.2M Grant for IT Programs
(WAUSAU, Wis.) – Northcentral Technical College (NTC) is expanding its information technology programming due to a $6.2 million federal grant award. The grant is part of a $23.1 million investment by the U.S. Department of Labor through the grant awarded to Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges to address emerging needs in the Information Technology (IT) sector.

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.”
NTC Dean of Business, Community Services & Global Education Chris Severson shared that this grant could not come at a better time as the demand for skilled IT workers increases. “We are ecstatic for the students and businesses in our community.  NTC will be able to provide learners with innovative and flexible options to prepare or enhance a career in information technology,” explained Severson. “The resources provided through this grant will allow NTC to increase IT training opportunities for students by developing new curriculum, increasing program capacities, enhancing learning through team taught classes and purchasing innovative technology.”

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.