By: Beaver Dam Unified School District
The Beaver Dam Unified School District has been awarded a Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) Advanced Manufacturing Technical Education Equipment Grant in the amount of $50,000 from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD).
A total $1 million was awarded to 35 school districts across Wisconsin for advanced manufacturing initiatives. The grant allows the district to update and purchase equipment for the High School Fabrication Lab. This provides an opportunity for students to acquire the skills and industry recognized certifications for technical careers in manufacturing.
“This grant enables school districts to update existing educational offerings, add new classes and increase capacity of career and technical education courses,” said DWD Secretary Ray Allen. “By supporting students learning high-demand technical skills while still in high school, Wisconsin supports an accelerated future workforce.”
The Wisconsin Fast Forward program encourages increased collaboration between Wisconsin’s workforce, employers, local or regional economic development organizations, workforce development boards, postsecondary institutions and private training providers to develop and execute business-led training programs.
Mark DiStefano, District Superintendent, said, “This is another wonderful example of how important and valued technical education is in our state and district. Our excellent staff will put this investment to great use with our students. We are extremely grateful for this grant and all of the support that we continue to receive from our local manufacturing and business partners.”