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|MADISON – Governor Scott Walker visited Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) in Rice Lake today to highlight the college’s new Broadband Academy and the 2017-19 budget’s workforce development initiatives and historic investment in broadband expansion.
“Access to high speed internet connections is important for business, education, health care, and quality of life,” said Governor Walker. “Generations ago, electricity changed the way my grandparents farmed; today, access to high speed internet connections will have a similar impact on rural Wisconsin. That’s why our state budget includes an additional $35.5 million towards broadband expansion in Wisconsin. But we know that to be successful, we also need a highly-skilled workforce to support this expansion. That’s why WITC’s unique-to-Wisconsin Broadband Academy is so important.”
WITC’s Broadband Academy teaches the fundamentals of broadband services and how broadband networks operate with different technologies. The Broadband Academy offers the most up-to-date technical content and provides professional development and cross training to employees, underemployed or unemployed individuals within WITC’s embedded certificates.
Courses in the Broadband Academy are open to high school students and seamlessly transfer into WITC’s broadband technologies technical diploma so graduates can continue their education. The Broadband Technologies program provides training for occupations in four distinct areas of the telecommunications industry — telephone, cable TV, computer information systems, and wireless communications. The program is unique in Wisconsin and only offered at WITC.
The Academy’s skilled and dependable workforce will become increasingly important as new funding from the 2017-19 budget become avialable, including: