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For Immediate Release:  September 25, 2013
Contact:   Conor Smyth, 608-266-2991, conor.smyth@wtcsystem.edu


Proposed legislation supports strategic priorities of WTCS

         MADISON - Several bills announced by Governor Scott Walker and expected to be introduced by legislative leaders as priorities for the fall session would bolster the work of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS).

         While the bills have not yet been formally introduced, details made available Tuesday indicated a focus on career and technical education at the secondary and postsecondary levels.

         "This focus will be very much in keeping with our System’s strategic priorities and advance the work of our colleges," said WTCS Board President Drew Petersen, who is also an executive with TDS Telecom in Madison. The System’s current strategic plan, as well as performance criteria included in the state budget, call for expanded opportunities for K-12 students to earn technical college credits.

         WTCS President Morna Foy added, "We’ve been working with our K-12 partners for more than 20 years to provide these types of opportunities, and to improve career awareness and educational pathways. We appreciate that the need has never been greater, and these proposals move us forward."

         Petersen and Foy also applauded efforts to expand participation in registered apprenticeships for adults. Wisconsin’s technical colleges are the major provider of classroom instruction for apprenticeships in key construction and manufacturing careers such as electrician, ironworker, machinist, pipefitter, and maintenance technician.

         "The System is looking forward to working with legislative leaders to advance education initiatives this session," Foy stated.

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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.