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Gov. Walker announces grants to assist teachers in technical trainingSubmitted: 09/17/2018

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WAUSAU - Teachers in 14 school districts in our area will soon be able to teach high school students technical college courses.

The state Department of Workforce Development gave a grant to technical colleges around the state so students can be prepared to work in high demand jobs.

Northcentral Technical College received a $200,000 Dual Enrollment Fast Forward grant to train at least 72 teachers.

One challenge some students face to getting an education is distance from a college.


The dual enrollment program takes away that worry by bringing the college classes to students.

"We have a lot of geography to cover out here so it's not always possible for high school students to come on campus, so this provides a great opportunity," said DWD Deputy Secretary Chris Hagerup.

Governor Scott Walker visited NTC Monday to announce the $3.6 million in grants, which will go to 14 technical schools across the state.

He believes the opportunities the grants will bring will give students a head start.

"Not just a head start on college, but a head start in their careers this is a great target investment for us to do that at a time when there is high demand all across the country for teachers with skill in technical education," said Walker.

Walker also emphasized this program will save students tuition money.

Mid-State Technical College in Marshfield also received a Fast Forward grant.

The program started in 2013, but expanded in 2017 and the grants announced Monday are part of that expansion.


Story By: Rose McBride

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