The Business & Industry Services team offers a wide array of workshops and seminars designed to give working adults and professionals relevant skills for today's workplace. Whether you are an individual looking to build your skills or an employer looking to provide a few employees with training opportunities, these workshops are designed to meet your needs. Join us for these interactive and useful trainings.
Who can benefit:
- Individuals looking to build skills
- Employers looking to provide employee training
Prepare for a career in manufacturing with Gold Collar Certification.
- Learn new skills
- Enhance existing skills
- Prepare for an entry-level career in the manufacturing industry
The Gold Collar Certificate training is funded in part by Department of Labor TAACCCT grant funds and Wisconsin Covenant grant funds. This is an equal opportunity program. Veterans and TAA eligible populations are encouraged to participate.
Business & Industry Services provides a wide range of technical assistance in the areas of small business development, entrepreneur services, government procurement, export marketing, and equipment troubleshooting. We also can design specialized training courses and offer new product design assistance. Further, all Business & Industry Services clients have access to the Southwest Tech library and its resources, and the on-campus computer labs. Through these services you can shorten the research and development cycle with advice from industry experts, solve production problems, increase productivity, and reduce costs through targeted employee training programs.
Examples of Customized Technical Services:
- Job-Task Analysis
- Lean Assessments
- Mobile Computer Labs
- Strategic Planning
- Training Needs Assessments
With the goal of forming a successful partnership, our business savvy educational professionals will work closely with you to identify your needs. By gaining an understanding of your needs and goals, we are able to build customized courses with objectives that are tied directly to your organization's strategic plan to enhance skills, increase productivity, and drive revenue growth. As your education partner, we can offer you the expertise of our customized training specialists, our faculty at the college and training resources from throughout southwest Wisconsin.
Examples of Customized Training
The Manufacturing Network Certificate program prepares industrial and information technology technicians to address networking communications in manufacturing environments with an emphasis in troubleshooting existing systems. All courses are held on the Southwest Tech campus in Fennimore. Due to support through federal H1B Visa Grant, all training under the Manufacturing Network Certificate is FREE!
Current Course Offerings Include:
- Process Logic Controls Technologies
- Cisco Networking for Manufacturing
- Combined Ethernet Industrial Protocol
- Data Highway
For more information about this unique opportunity, contact Lisa Whitish at 608.822.2360 or Email Lwhitish@swtc.edu.
Workforce Advancement Training Grants
The State of Wisconsin has designated funds to provide training to the workforce across the state.
Workforce Advancement Training Grants are available through Southwest Tech. The purposes of these grants are to promote increased investment in the development of Wisconsin's workforce and expand technical college training services to help businesses and industry meet their training needs. Grants are awarded to upgrade the skills and productivity of employees for established businesses and industries operating in Wisconsin, with the broader objective of supporting regional workforce and economic development efforts (Lafayette, Grant, Iowa, Richland and Crawford Counties). The training can include any combination of academic, occupational and employability topics or courses.
Funded projects are expected to increase businesses' productivity and competitiveness. Projects that will increase employees' wages or expand their job and career opportunities, or that show a clear connection to regional development or industry cluster strategies collaboratively planned by employers and workforce and economic development interests, will receive special consideration.
All training must go through the Technical College System. Southwest Tech in Fennimore will be the college for businesses in their district (Crawford, Richland, Grant, Iowa, and Lafayette Counties). Businesses may apply for $2,500 to $200,000 per application for General Business projects and $2,500 to $50,000 for Small Business projects. All businesses will be required to complete the WTCS Employer Survey (on-line economic impact survey) 45 days after the completion of the training.
Clients who apply for and receive WAT Grants, typically save between 50 to 70 percent off the cost of their training. If you would like to discuss your annual employee training program to see if a WAT Grant is a good fit, please contact Business & Industry Services at 608.822.2360 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.