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1990s: Business Setbacks and Growth

CVTC trains laid-off workers for new occupations and launches online classes.

The closing of the Eau Claire Uniroyal-Goodrich tire plant in June 1992, after 75 years of operation, left 1,350 workers without jobs. A plant steering committee that included representatives of local and regional agencies established five task forces, one of which addressed employment/training options for the displaced workers to become qualified for other fields of work.

Many agencies worked together to help the unemployed Uniroyal workers. CVTC was the major education provider, receiving grants from the state and area industry to train them in new skills. A job center was set up on-site to provide career counseling and information. Workers’ skills were assessed.

Timeline

  
1990
Federal Perkins Act establishes tech prep programs that allow seamless transition from K-12 programs to postsecondary education.
1990
Mobile phones use digital-transmission technology and prepaid service. Models shrink to fit into a person’s hand.
1992
Menomonie’s current campus opens. Construction began in 1991.
1992
Eau Claire Uniroyal-Goodrich plant closes.
1994
VTAE System and Board becomes Wisconsin Technical College System and Board.
1994
William Ihlenfeldt becomes president of CVTC.
1997
Neillsville classes move to the Department of Workforce Development and Job Center, the former Schultz Brothers building. Some classes are still held in the high school.
1999
Eau Claire’s Gateway and West campuses open (now Emergency Service Education Center and Manufacturing Education Center). Construction started in 1998.
1999
Chippewa Falls’ Business and Industry Conference Center is added.
1999
River Falls’ current campus opens.
1999
Y2K fears loom worldwide and influence growth of IT industry.