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Grant Funds Available for Worker Training

Area businesses have the opportunity to upgrade the skills and productivity of their employees through training programs funded in part by the Wisconsin Technical College System-Workforce Advancement Training (WAT) grants.

Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) is actively seeking requests through April 5 for consideration for such training programs. Training events are to be held between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014.

The training, available to for-profit businesses operating in Wisconsin, can include any combination of academic, occupational and employability topics or courses. Grants anticipated to be available through this program are awarded to promote increased investment in the development of incumbent workers, improve Wisconsin business productivity and competitiveness, and augment the state’s economic base by expanding technical college training services to businesses and industry. The program also has the broader objective of supporting regional workforce and economic development efforts.

Since 2005, CVTC has been awarded over $2 million in Workforce Advancement Training grants to provide training for over 6,400 workers in over 50 different companies around west central Wisconsin.  Currently the college is providing award-winning training to groups of companies with similar training needs in the areas of automated manufacturing processes, metal fabrication, industrial maintenance, electro-mechanical, leadership, supervisory, safety, welding and  quality.

The Workforce Advancement Training Grant Request for Consideration form may be found online at cvtc.edu/traininggrants. During the month of March, CVTC Business and Industry services representatives will be calling on local companies to gain input into training needs.  For more information, call 1-800-547-CVTC (2882), ext. 4676.​