DWD logo

Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 17, 2018
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
On the Web: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/news/
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WIWorkforce
On Twitter: @WIWorkforce

DWD Awards Dual Enrollment Training Grant 14 Technical Colleges

Dual enrollment training provides tech college training to high school teachers

(MADISON, Wis.) – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has awarded a Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) Dual Enrollment Grant to 14 Wisconsin technical colleges that will support hundreds of school districts across the state

A total $3.6 million was awarded to 14 technical colleges that will serve 209 school districts and more than 1,000 high school teachers across Wisconsin. These teachers will be trained in their relevant subject areas to achieve the same level of certification as instructors teaching the same courses at their local technical college.

"Governor Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward program is investing in high school teachers, ensuring innovative dual enrollment programs continue to prepare students for high-demand jobs in growing industries," said DWD Secretary Ray Allen. "This funding supports students' access to post-secondary education while still in high school, accelerating their transition into the workforce and reducing the cost of receiving a higher education."

For students, dual enrollment provides Wisconsin's youth the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school, a cost and time saver for Wisconsin's families. Students who are able to take on college-level courses while in high school are better prepared for the rigor of post-secondary education.

New program standards require high school dual enrollment courses to match the quality and integrity of those offered by the post-secondary institution, including the credentials of high school instructors who teach dual enrollment courses.

The Wisconsin Fast Forward program encourages increased collaboration among Wisconsin’s workforce, employers, local or regional economic development organizations, workforce development boards, post-secondary institutions and private training providers to develop and execute business-led training programs.

Organizations that received Dual Enrollment Training grants were:

Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) – DWD issued a grant of $300,000 to train a minimum of 66 teachers toward certification of Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Dual Enrollment standards. BTC will work with teachers from 10 school districts in their service area. Teachers gaining HLC certification in the higher education subject areas of math, communications, science and social science will be served in the project. Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers will be receiving HLC certifications in accounting, computer applications, business, welding, and automotive technology.

Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) – DWD issued a grant of $255,000 to train a minimum of 63 teachers toward certification of Higher Learning Commission Dual Enrollment standards. LTC will work with teachers from eight school districts in their service area. Thirty-two teachers will receive master's level credits toward HLC certification for teaching dual enrollment in general studies courses. Course Competencies for CTE instruction will be offered in approximately 45 unique courses representing business and technology, agriculture, manufacturing, and health educational areas.

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) – DWD issued a grant of $167,219 to train a minimum of 35 teachers toward certification of Higher Learning Commission Dual Enrollment standards in CTE areas. WITC will work with teachers from six school districts in their service area. CTE certifications include healthcare, finance, accounting, and multiple welding areas.

Southwest Technical College (STC) – DWD issued a grant of $274,120 to train a minimum of 28 teachers toward certification of Higher Learning Commission Dual Enrollment standards. STC will work with teachers from 11 school districts in their service area. Teachers will obtain HLC credentials in communications, social science, math, and science.

Madison Area Technical College (MATC) – DWD issued a grant of $196,067 to train a minimum of 157 teachers toward certification of Higher Learning Commission Dual Enrollment standards. As part of their Regional Pathways approach, MATC will work with teachers from all 40 school districts in their service area. Regional Pathways includes applied technology fields such as manufacturing or information technology; business and applied arts disciplines including accounting, hospitality management, and farm business management; health education fields including medical or nursing assistants; and general education coursework underlying many of the embedded credentials in these pathways, particularly written communication and oral and interpersonal communication. MATC will target 50 teachers in general education and 107 in progress to CTE certification under HLC standards.

Gateway Technical College (GTC) – DWD issued a grant of $290,000 to train a minimum of 37 teachers toward certification of Higher Learning Commission Dual Enrollment standards. GTC will work with teachers from seven school districts in their service area. Certifications for higher education related courses, general studies, and business level course are the primary areas. For CTE related courses, the range of HLC certification includes but is not limited to advanced manufacturing, information technology, industrial design, robotics, industrial maintenance, machining, tool and die, and data image analytics.

Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) – DWD issued a grant of $290,000 to train a minimum of 75 teachers toward certification of Higher Learning Commission Dual Enrollment standards. WCTC will work with teachers from 12 school districts in their service area. Some of the CTE focused dual credit certifications will target bookkeeping/accounting, certified nursing assistant training, welding, and carpentry teachers. Local school districts will identify the higher education needed to meet HLC qualifications.

Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) – DWD issued a grant of $290,000 to train a minimum of 145 teachers toward certification of Higher Learning Commission Dual Enrollment standards. CVTC will work with teachers from nine school districts in their service area. This project will focus on high demand certification areas in the region including automated processes, business management courses, medical terminology, culture of health care, math for technical trades, IT courses, welding courses, and machine tool courses. Graduate level work for dual enrollment courses will include chemistry, physics, English composition, math and logic, college algebra, oral and interpersonal communication, and anatomy and physiology.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) – DWD issued a grant of $290,000 to train a minimum of 36 teachers toward certification of Higher Learning Commission Dual Enrollment standards. NWTC will work with teachers from nine school districts in their service area. The focus will be on master-level high school teachers to meet the HLC requirements to deliver dual-credit courses in English, communications, and math.

Mid-State Technical College (MTC) – DWD issued a grant of $275,000 to train a minimum of 50 teachers toward certification of Higher Learning Commission Dual Enrollment standards. MTC will work with teachers from 11 school districts in their service area. Graduate level courses in mathematics, communication, social and behavioral science and natural sciences will be offered to teachers needing graduate level certification. Healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing, and administrative professional will be among the certification offerings for Career and Technical Education (CTE) oriented teachers.

Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC) – DWD issued a grant of $275,000 to train a minimum of 71 teachers toward certification of Higher Learning Commission Dual Enrollment standards. MPTC will work with teachers from 21 school districts in their service area. At least 14 teachers will receive credits toward higher education classes and a minimum of 57 teachers will work toward HLC certification requirements in areas specific to trades, manufacturing, health care, business, information technology, human services, and culinary arts programs of study.

Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) – DWD issued a grant of $275,000 to train a minimum of 130 teachers toward certification of Higher Learning Commission Dual Enrollment standards. FVTC will work with teachers from 30 school districts in their service area. A minimum 40 teachers will work toward certification in higher education related areas and up to 90 teachers will receive orientation to technical college certification under HLC standards. FVTC will collaborate with area businesses to build connections for high school teachers and their students in the following high demand career areas: IT, health care, manufacturing, business, agriculture, and transportation.

Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) – DWD issued a grant of $275,000 to train a minimum of 128 teachers toward certification of Higher Learning Commission Dual Enrollment standards. MATC will work with teachers from 21 school districts in their service area. Healthcare, IT, accounting, business, machining, and welding are among the areas of focus for this project.

Northcentral Technical College (NTC) – DWD issued a grant of $200,000 to train a minimum of 72 teachers toward certification of Higher Learning Commission Dual Enrollment standards. NTC will work with teachers from 14 school districts in their service area. The project will provide funding for graduate credits for a minimum of 30 instructors in math, science, communications, and social science, and a minimum of 42 instructors in a variety of technical certification areas.

For more information, please visit http://dwd.wisconsin.gov.