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DWD Grants Help 16 School Districts Purchase Technical Education Equipment

DWD Grants Help 16 School Districts Purchase Technical Education Equipment

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April 27, 2021

The Department of Workforce Development is helping 16 Wisconsin school districts purchase equipment to prepare students for careers in advanced manufacturing fields. Districts across the state are receiving more than $440,000 from DWD through the Expanded Wisconsin Fast Forward Technical Education Equipment Grant Program. The grants reimburse school districts for the purchase and installation of equipment, software, and instructional materials used in advanced manufacturing vocational and technical education.

"As Gov. Evers says, 'What's best for our kids is what's best for Wisconsin,'" DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek said. "We are working to ensure our state's high school students get critical training in advanced manufacturing fields to help address Wisconsin's skilled worker shortage. It's a real investment in our future."

The grant program not only helps students transition from high school into the workforce by supporting technical education, it also reduces higher education costs by providing dual enrollment credits, industry-endorsed certificates, and technical endorsements on high school diplomas.

You can find video from 2020 grant recipient Webster High School in Burnett County here. The grant helped Webster purchase equipment like this Computer-Numerically-Controlled (CNC) Milling Machine and Robotic Arm, helping students learn how to fabricate custom parts, read blueprints, use inspection equipment, and design and program parts on a computer, as well as the fixtures that hold the parts.

Below is the areawide list of 2021 Expanded Wisconsin Fast Forward Technical Education Equipment Grant recipients:

Owen-Withee School District was awarded $16,000 to support its project, "Technology Education High Tech Expansion," which will reimburse the district for the purchase and installation of equipment used in advanced manufacturing, including a CNC plasma cutter/router and a CNC mill.

Cornell School District was awarded $50,000 to support its project, "Educational Technology Expansion," which will reimburse the district for the purchase of equipment used in advanced manufacturing, including a laser engraver, a CNC mill, and a 3D printer.

Osseo-Fairchild School District was awarded $6,500 to support its project, "Mechatronics Pathway Development," which will reimburse the district for the purchase of the 990-ACDC1 Portable Electrical and 990-EC1 Portable Electric Relay Control learning systems, as well as a 990-PN1 Portable Pneumatic Learning System, with hand tool package.

The School District of Athens was awarded $13,000 to support its project, "CNC Milling," which will reimburse the district for the purchase and installation of a CNC Mill.

Random Lake School District was awarded $49,958 to support its project, "MFG 4.0 Cooperative Capstone Course," which will reimburse the district for the purchase of a 95-MSB2AB Skill Boss Smart Factory, with hand tool package; three software licenses; a tabletop mechatronics learning system; three elearning curriculum leases; and the multimedia curriculum and instructor resources kit with instructor training.

For more information and learn about the next round of WFF grants, please visit http://wisconsinfastforward.com/wff_standard.htm


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