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Partnership Jumpstarts Machinist Industry

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Fox Valley Technical College established a new partnership with five regional high schools as part of an effort to fill the skills gap that is plaguing the manufacturing industry.

The Wisconsin Technical College System's “Dual Credit Day” was celebrated throughout the state on April 30 as technical education continues to lead the way in preparing K-12 learners for relevant careers. Each of the state’s 16 technical college highlighted partnerships with K-12 schools and employers unique to their respective regions.

Dual credit allows students to simultaneously earn high school and college credits with a single course or sequence of courses. Over the past five years alone, participation in dual credit has doubled, with more than 21,000 high school students across the state currently taking advantage of opportunities through partnerships developed with their local technical colleges.

At Fox Valley Technical College, the new Machine Tool Career Jumpstart initiative was unveiled on April 30 involving the following high schools: Appleton East, Appleton West, Brillion, Little Chute, and New London. The program is designed to offer high school students transcripted credit machine tool courses to juniors and seniors.

According to the 2013 Manufacturing Vitality Index published by the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance, more than 1,100 full-time machinist positions are available in the New North region as of the outset of the year. Match that need with 98% of FVTC’s Machine Tool Technician graduates landing jobs over the past three years, and an ideal opportunity exists to pursue a high-tech, rewarding career.

For more information, call (920) 735-5717.