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Manufacturing Education Center Addition

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The Project is COMPLETE!

Designed and developed to support the increasing workforce demand for skilled welders, the CVTC automated fabrication lab addition is the first of the 2020 referendum projects to be completed. Opening its doors to students in August of 2021, this facility provides space and technology to train and upskill the workforce and support this high-demand industry.

Project Brief

Construction of an automated fabrication lab to support increasing demand and shortage of skilled robotic welding and welding fabrication workforce.

The Need

  • Due to a skilled worker shortage, we need to promote increased enrollments and train students with manual and automated welding techniques to develop workforce-ready graduates
  • As technology advances and is adopted by local businesses, automation and robotic welding are becoming required skill sets for our graduates and incumbent workers in the region
  • Robotic technology advancements have outgrown our current space, limiting our ability to teach what regional business and industry demands
  • Additional space needed for welding, fabrication, and robotic programming
  • Create educational pathways for students from diverse populations

Why Now?

Manufacturing is the number one employer and wealth-producing sector in the state of Wisconsin, and CVTC produces the workforce to support this industry. It is critical for the college to keep up with the ever-evolving technology of the manufacturing field, update the technical components necessary to train for the workforce, create needed space to train on machinery safely, and upskill the current workforce for expanded and changing industry jobs.

Project Goals

  • Build additional space to teach courses in Mechanical Design, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and Automation Engineering Technology
  • Provide robotic training to upskill existing employees in alignment with industry trends towards automation
  • Create accessibility to career pathways for individuals participating in high school academies and incarcerated individuals across the district leading to a technical diploma or associate degree
  • Utilize space to foster the Welding-Fabricator apprenticeship program with area businesses
  • Provide equipment access and technical assistance for employers to test new products and evaluate equipment to guide strategic business decisions

Instructors were very knowledgeable and very easy to work with and learn from. I highly recommend CVTC.

Jake W, Machine Tool Technics Graduate

Learn More About Other Referendum Projects


Transportation Education Center

Increase capacity for student enrollment to address the workforce shortage.

Expansion & Remodeling

Emergency Service Education Center

Meet current and future training requirements for emergency services.


Additional Campus Renovations and Expansions

Update current facilities to serve our growing student body.