The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has awarded a Wisconsin Fast Forward Dual Enrollment Grant to Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in the amount of $167,219 to train a minimum of 35 teachers toward certification of Higher Learning Commission Dual Enrollment standards in career and technical education areas.

WITC will work with teachers from several school districts in the service area. Career and technical education certifications include health care, financial, accounting and multiple welding areas.

A total of $3.6 million was awarded to 14 technical colleges that will serve 209 school districts and more than 1,000 high school teachers across Wisconsin. These teachers will be trained in their relevant subject areas to achieve the same level of certification as instructors teaching the same courses at their local technical colleges.

"We are providing Wisconsin students with a leg up by providing access to post-secondary education before they graduate from high school," Gov. Scott Walker said in a prepared statement.

For students, dual enrollment provides Wisconsin's youth the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school, a cost- and time-saver for Wisconsin's families. Students who are able to take on college-level courses while in high school are better prepared for the rigor of post-secondary education.

"This funding supports students' access to post-secondary education while still in high school, accelerating their transition into the workforce and reducing the cost of receiving a higher education," DWD Secretary Ray Allen said.

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