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CVTC, CCEDC Share National Award

The Critical Core Manufacturing Skills (CCMS) program has earned a national award for Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC ) and the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC).

CVTC and CCEDC received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award in the category of Partnerships with Educational Institutions from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The award was presented to CCEDC President Charlie Walker and CVTC Chippewa Falls Campus Administrator Tim Shepardson at an awards ceremony Oct. 2, during the IEDC Annual Conference, in Houston, Texas. 

CVTC and CCEDC had discussed the need for cutting-edge training opportunities, and creating a competitive, well-trained, and skills-oriented workforce in the Chippewa Valley. 

The Critical Core Manufacturing Skills curriculum was created by the Wisconsin Technical College System by conducting focus groups and meetings with manufacturers to identify the skills lacking in the current workforce and to identify solutions. Participants in the program are trained in skills in the areas of productivity, problem solving, team building and adaptability. After completion of the program, the participants are awarded a transferable technical certificate. A consortium of 37 manufacturers in the Chippewa Valley joined together to provide this training to their workers.

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CCEDC is a nonprofit organization which recruits business to Chippewa County, assists existing businesses with expansions and develops projects that support the economic growth of Chippewa County.  For more information visit