Area technical college receives nearly $900,000 in grant money

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area technical college now has more funding to help get rural high school students in Wisconsin ready for careers.

On Monday, Rep. Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) announced in a statement that the National Science Foundation awarded Chippewa Valley Technical College with a Smart Manufacturing and Resources for Transforming the Future grant totaling nearly $900,000. The money is aimed at preparing the students for careers in fields like information technology and manufacturing, which are considered "high-growth." In the statement, CVTC President Bruce Barker said that the grant will help more young people "learn about how automation, programming and networking are used in modern industrial settings." He also said that would meet local businesses' need for a skilled workforce.

The grant is also designed to support new ways of producing goods.

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