FJ names BTC Educator of the Year

Forward Janesville has named Blackhawk Technical College its “Educator of the Year’’ in recognition of the school’s formal opening of its Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Milton last August.

Forward Janesville will recognize Blackhawk at its 15th annual awards luncheon to be held Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Pontiac Convention Center, 2809 N. Pontiac Dr., Janesville.

Forward Janesville fosters private sector economic and community development efforts to ensure the continued health and prosperity of business and industry in Janesville and Rock County,

Last summer, Blackhawk completed a two-year renovation of the former ANGI Energy Systems at 15 Plumb St., Milton, a site that featured the potential for 100,000 square feet of multi-purpose education.

The first phase of construction was completed prior to the start of the 2014-15 school year when the AMTC housed Blackhawk’s Welding, Computer Numerical Control and Industrial Mechanic programs.

The second phase of construction allowed the HVAC/Refrigeration, Manufacturing Information Technology. Computer Service Technician and Electro Mechanical Technology to begin classes.

The physical plant features 40 welding bays; six automated system labs including robotics, servo, hydraulics, PLC and process control; training labs for fabrication, CNC, industrial maintenance, mechanical design and HVAC/R; the manufacturing information technology classroom, which features the only state approved Manufacturing IT program in Wisconsin; the Capstone Lab where students from all disciplines work together on projects; and Capstone Cameras, where students watch projections of lab work through camera technology.

Those interested in attending the luncheon are asked to make reservations by Jan. 20 with Forward Janesville at (608) 757-3160 or forward@forwardjanesville.com. Individual tickets are $40 and corporate tables of eight are available at $400.