GRAND CHUTE – Wisconsin’s technical colleges will be receiving $28 million in state grants. The money is part of Governor Walker’s Blueprint for Prosperity, aimed at job creation.
In our area, Fox Valley Technical College will get $3.6 million.
That money will go to train about 850 students in several different areas. Those range from transportation, to healthcare, to business.
The school says these are areas in which jobs are available, but there aren’t enough workers to fill the need.
Part of the problem is some techs are not able to serve all the students interested in those fields.
“For the most part these are existing programs and areas where we’ve just needed to build our capacity to serve more people and so that’s what the primary objective is: to get these people into the pipeline, to provide them with the short and long-term skills to get good jobs,” explained Chris Matheny, vice president of instructional services for Fox Valley Tech.
The money will last over the next two years.