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Technical colleges getting grant money to expand ITSubmitted: 09/19/2013

Adam Fox
10 p.m. Anchor/Reporter
afox@wjfw.com

WAUSAU - Technical colleges around Wisconsin will get more than $23 million in federal grants to expand information technology training.

Northcentral Technical College in Wausau will get $6.2 million.

Chris Severson, Dean of Business, Community Services & Global Education, says the money will help retrain around 300 workers for the growing demand in information technology.

"This will help in serving 300 unique students in the information technology world," Severson said, "We will provide a variety of new resources to them that we couldn't provide without this grant."

Other schools can use the money for more specific areas under the IT umbrella.

"They may focus in a specialization," Severson said. "One technical college may focus on information technology within the healthcare profession and NTC is focusing on information technology in general."

NTC will monitor the 15 technical schools that will get grant money. Those schools include Nicolet College in Rhinelander and Chippewa Valley Technical college in Eau Claire.

The grant will also allow NTC to offer new curriculum as well as two new degrees. The curriculum will focus on mobile software and technology.

The grant is part of $475 million federal grant dispersed nationwide. Severson says the grant focuses on expanding training programs for unemployed workers, including those effected by foreign trade.

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