In his State of the State address Wednesday, Governor Scott Walker repeatedly highlighted the role Wisconsin’s technical colleges play in statewide economic development efforts.
The Governor introduced a number of individuals recently employed in high-demand fields, including Rick Banach, a graduate of Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville. Banach, who was laid off from General Motors in 2009, completed Blackhawk’s Business Management Program and is now a supervisor at Rexnord, a global manufacturing and water management firm based in Milwaukee.
Later, the Governor was flanked by high school students from the Waukesha area. The students are taking advantage of the opportunity to earn “dual credit,” or courses that both count toward high school graduation and result in credit at Waukesha County Technical College.
“Dual enrollment collaborations with our K-12 partners results in a win-win for Wisconsin
students and the employers positioning themselves to compete and expand in today’s economy,” said
Morna Foy, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS).
In his remarks before the full Legislature, the Governor also unveiled his “Blueprint for Prosperity,” which will invest $35 million in areas including eliminating waiting lists for technical college programs in high-demand fields like manufacturing, agriculture and information technology, and expanding opportunities for high school students to earn technical college credits.
“This new investment will allow our colleges to expand their efforts in these key areas, working
closely with our employer, K-12, workforce and economic development partners,” said Drew Petersen,
president of the WTCS Board.