MPTC Gets $1.2 Million Grant For Job Training

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and
Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson were at Moraine Park
Technical College in Fond du Lac this afternoon to announce a $1.2 million state
grant. The money will be used to train 126 workers through 2016 in medical
coding, apprenticeship and manufacturing programs. Kleefisch says the Blueprint
for Prosperity grants are essential in building a bridge over the skills gap
employers are experiencing in finding skilled workers. MPTC President Sheila
Ruhland says area companies are partners in the program. She says companies like
Mercury Marine, Ameriquip, Agnesian and Aurora HealthCare helped prepare the
grant submissions. She says those businesses will also be at the table with the
training because students will be doing interships and on the job training with
them. She says many other business partners will be brought in as well. All 16
of the state’s technical colleges are sharing in $28 million in grants through
the Blueprint for Prosperity program to train over 4,900 workers for jobs that
need to be filled.