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.