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For Immediate Release:  January 23, 2014
Contact:   Conor Smyth, 608-266-2991,

Spotlight on technical colleges in State of the State

         MADISON – 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.

         "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."


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 business solutions for Wisconsin employers. More than 340,000 individuals access the technical colleges each year.