Cassie Blechinger, a CVTC student from Boyceville, shakes hands with Gov. Scott Walker following a grant announcement at the CVTC Health Education Center in Eau Claire Friday. Blechinger was scheduled to start the Nursing program at CVTC in January 2015, but will now be able to start in August due to the grant. At left is Reggie Newson, secretary of the Department of Workforce Development, which administers the grant.
Eau Claire, WI – Cassie Blechinger’s future is arriving sooner than expected. She has dreams of becoming a nurse, but has been on the waiting list for the Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) Nursing-Associate Degree program since last year. Now she will be able to start in the fall term next month, thanks to a state grant designed to get people off waiting lists and into the workforce faster.
In a visit to CVTC’s Health Education Center on July 18, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced the intent to award more than $28 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward grants to all 16 colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). The grants will train more than 4,900 workers for in-demand jobs.
CVTC’s share of the grants will be $1,223,540.
“It’s for about 200 more students,” Walker said. “It’s about the students getting the training, not only for a job, but for a career.”