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For Immediate Release:  January 22, 2014
Contact:   Conor Smyth, 608-266-2991, conor.smyth@wtcsystem.edu


U.S. Senator Baldwin unveils GREEN Act legislation at technical colleges

         MADISON – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is visiting Milwaukee Area, Lakeshore, Northeast Wisconsin and Mid-State technical colleges Wednesday and Thursday to discuss her proposed "GREEN" Act legislation.

         The Grants for Renewable Energy Education for the Nation (GREEN) Act allocates competitive grant funding for clean energy career and technical training programs to better prepare students for postsecondary education and high-skilled jobs. It’s estimated that over three million Americans are employed in the growing "green collar" workforce, including clean energy and sustainability.

        "In order to create a Made in Wisconsin economy that is built to last, we must invest in job training and workforce readiness for clean energy jobs. In Wisconsin, we know that higher education is the path to the middle class and this legislation will help open the doors of opportunity and strengthen our Wisconsin economy," said Baldwin.

         By supporting development of clean energy career and technical training programs, the GREEN Act creates a connection for this sector between secondary and postsecondary schools. The bill would also allow technical colleges to upgrade their energy systems to serve as model training facilities.

         "Over the past several years, Wisconsin’s technical colleges have created cutting edge sustainability programs in areas like wind, solar and geothermal," said Morna Foy, President Wisconsin Technical College System. "We’ve also "greened" our remaining curriculum by including sustainability concepts in sectors including agriculture, construction and health care. The GREEN Act supports and advances this work in a ground-breaking way."


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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. The System is also the major provider of customized business solutions for Wisconsin employers. More than 340,000 individuals access the technical colleges for education and training each year.