New technologies. Worker safety. Improved productivity and efficiency.

Today's high-tech, constantly changing world demands that for-profit and non-profit organizations invest heavily in their most important asset— their workers—to remain competitive. Southwest Tech, through its Business & Industry Services office, provides a full array of education, training and performance improvement solutions to business and industry, public service organizations and government agencies.

  • Training Opportunities
  • 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

    Customized Leadership Development Taining

    Leadership Development Training can fill the leadership skill gaps in your company or organization through customized training by our professional facilitator.

    Learn more by visiting our Leadership Development Training page.

  • Services & Training
  • Your Needs.

    We specialize in programs tailored to meet the specific individual needs of the businesses we serve. We will help assess your current operation and then design training curriculum to achieve your goals based on your needs. Our instructors will maintain academic excellence and program quality as they design your customized training package. Our responsiveness to your training needs will help ensure that your business will continue to gain in efficiency, competitiveness, and profitability.

    Your Schedule.

    Work schedules, production deadlines, and employee availability can cause serious problems and added expenses for training programs. Days, evenings, weekends, or a blend of schedules may be necessary. Whatever your scheduling needs, we will do our utmost to work out creative schedules that will enhance your training's effectiveness and your employee's attitudes and productivity.

    Your Location.

    Training programs that meet your needs and your schedules accomplish little if they are not delivered at the right location. Your site or ours, we deliver your training where, when, and how your needs dictate. We will strive to meet your training needs, on your schedule, and at the location of your choice with current and effective programming.

    Technical Assistance

    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

    Customized Training

    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

  • WAT Grants
  • 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