Chippewa Valley Technical College will receive $1.14 million in grant funds from the Obama administration in order to help the college expand training programs for unemployed and underemployed workers.
The funds will be disbursed over three years and are part of a $23.17 million grant shared by all 16 colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System.
Wisconsin technical colleges will use the grant to support skills training capacity building at community colleges and other public institutions across the state, according to a U.S. Labor Department news release.
"Community colleges play a vital role in training Americans to meet the needs of employers today," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in the release.
CVTC will use its funds to expand its Information Technology-Software Developer program at the Eau Claire campus and to add the program at its River Falls campus, according to the college.
New faculty members will be hired at Eau Claire and River Falls, and grant dollars will be used to develop curriculum and buy computer equipment.
CVTC said it plans to buy 62 Apple computers for the Eau Claire and River Falls campuses to accommodate the new curriculum.
The grant will also support equipment purchases and program enhancement in automation and robotics, which are important to employers in the manufacturing sector.
CVTC will partner with Workforce Resource, a local agency that works with displaced workers, to find people who could benefit from the expanded programs, the college said.