Governor expects to award WI technical colleges with $28,000,000 in grants

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MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) -- The state expects to award more than $28,000,000 in grant money to Wisconsin's 16 technical colleges.

Governor Scott Walker made the announcement on Thursday. The money would be aimed at training more than 4,900 workers for jobs described as "in-demand," by adding capacity to 100 programs at the colleges. It can be sued for developing courses, paying instructors, and buying "consumable materials." It can't be used for financial aid, tuition, or capital improvements. The move is part of Governor Walker's Blueprint for Prosperity initiative, which added $35,400,000 to the Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training program. The former is expected to reduce waiting lists at the colleges, bring more opportunities for high school students to earn credentials that are "industry-recognized," and bring better employment opportunities to workers with disabilities.

A release from the governor says the individual awards will be announced at each technical college during the next two weeks. Chippewa Valley Technical College says the governor will appear at its campus to announce its award on Friday afternoon.

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