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For Immediate Release:  February 18, 2013
Contact:   Conor Smyth, 608-266-2991, conor.smyth@wtcsystem.edu


Governor’s proposed investments
will help Wisconsin close the skills gap

         MADISON – Over the past two weeks, the Governor has unveiled plans to make investments in Wisconsin’s workforce a priority for the 2013-15 state budget. These investments include $15 million in competitive skills development grants and an additional $5 million annually for technical college programs. The Governor’s budget plan will also give the WTCS new flexibility to address areas of critical need and further links state aid to the colleges to System-identified performance outcomes.

         "I just returned from Washington, D.C., where discussions on closing the nation’s skill gap revolve around increased education and workforce investment strategies," said Morna K. Foy, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). "Governor Walker has proposed a plan that will pay immediate dividends for Wisconsin employers and individuals seeking to improve their career opportunities," she added.

         "“For a century, the WTCS has helped individuals and employers develop their potential. We have a long history of success in this effort and a deep appreciation for the support of our local communities. We understand we have an obligation to our stakeholders to demonstrate a positive return on their investment," Foy concluded.

         Governor Walker earlier announced his intention to formally introduce his biennial budget bill to the Legislature on February 20th.

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About the System:
The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) offers more than 300 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas and certificates. In addition, the System is the major provider of customized training and technical assistance to Wisconsin’s business and industry community. Nearly 370,000 individuals access the technical colleges for education and training each year.