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Governor's State of the State maintains focus on Wisconsin's technical colleges

January 13, 2015 | Conor Smyth

MADISON – In his State of the State address Tuesday night, Governor Scott Walker highlighted the role of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) in providing economic opportunity for individuals and a talent pipeline for Wisconsin’s employers.

Governor Walker introduced Amber Meads, who recently enrolled in the welding program at Waukesha County Technical College, and her five year-old daughter, Cheyenne. The Governor highlighted the fact that graduates of this and other technical college programs in key sectors can look forward to high-paying, family-supporting careers.

“We appreciate the Governor’s investments in the technical colleges, and support his goal of sustained economic competitiveness and growth,” said WTCS President Morna Foy. “As I travel the state, employers in every sector and geographic region tell me that they recognize the importance of their local technical college in achieving that goal.”

“The Governor once again made it clear that he recognizes the critical nature of the talent pipeline delivered by our colleges,” said Drew Petersen, chair of the WTCS Board.

Governor Walker is scheduled to deliver his 2015-17 biennial budget proposal, which includes state funding for WTCS, on February 3.