Waukesha County school districts awarded DWD Fast Forward Grants


At least four of our Waukesha County districts were awarded Department of Workforce Development Fast Forward grants to expand their manufacturing programs, through the Advanced Manufacturing Technical Education Equipment Grant. 35 school districts across the state competed for $1 million worth of funding. $50,000 is the most a single district was eligible to receive. Congratulations to Arrowhead High School, the School District of Mukwonago, School District of New Berlin and School District of Waukesha!

Arrowhead High School received $49,000. The match-grant will help advance manufacturing & tech ed curriculum through the purchase of a hydraulic sheer. This is a WI Dept. of Workforce Development grant that aims to support Wisconsin’s future workforce.

The School District of Mukwonago received $50,000. The grant will be used to purchase a FANUC robotic arm and a virtual welder to support Mukwonago High School’s Advanced Manufacturing Pathway.

The School District of Waukesha received $15,000. The grant will allow Waukesha West High School to purchase a Tormach CNC Mill, update welding equipment, redesign the classroom lab to allow for an increased workflow efficiency and improved teacher eye sight and remodel a room for storage of metals materials and equipment that is not needed daily.

The School District of New Berlin received $50,000. The grant, along with matching funds with district partners, will be used to purchase equipment for the district’s “How Machines Work” course. Equipment purchased will include tabletop mechatronics units, vacuum thermometers and parts, software and more.

This is great news for Waukesha County and manufacturing!

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