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Equipment Grant Opportunity

Advanced Manufacturing Technical Education Equipment Grant Program Announcement (GPA)

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) – Office of Skills Development (OSD) released a new Advanced Manufacturing Technical Education Equipment Grant Program Announcement (GPA), making up to $500,000 in grants available to Wisconsin school districts to train students for careers in advanced manufacturing under Governor Walker's recently expanded Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) program.


The purpose of the grant is to reimburse school districts for the purchase and installation costs of technical education equipment used in vocational training and technical education in advanced manufacturing fields, including costs for equipment operation software and instructional materials to train students. Funds also may be used to pay for technical education building modifications to accommodate the equipment and to support advanced manufacturing technical education programs. Details:

Applicants: Wisconsin School Districts
Deadline to Apply: May 15, 2018, 3:00pm
Award Amount: $5,000 to $50,000*

Visit the WFF website to access this grant opportunity.

Please contact OSD with questions.

*Awarded school districts must provide matching funds equal to 200 percent of the awarded grant amount in the form of money or the monetary value of equipment that is contributed from private sources, the school district or both.

Community Happenings!

WiFAB's Highlighted Project

A new project, Snazzy Sneakers, is a scalable opportunity for students to dig in on a fun and challenging engineering design process. Brought to us by Denise W. Carlson and the ITL Program, College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, this one stands to keep your students thinking and designing. 

People in the WiFAB Spotlight!

WiFAB would like to recognize one of our community's finest educators and contributors, Laurence Charlier of the Maple, Wisconsin School District. Mr. Charlier played an instrumental role in the visioning, organization, and usefulness of the WiFAB Cooperative website. Thanks, Laurence, for your time and dedication to helping us get this resource off the ground! 

Florence High in the News

"Small school, big fix: Florence High School fab lab helps Upper Michigan garbage truck manufacturer"

Students at Florence High School worked with Charlie Van Ginkel, the Chief Engineer for Kingsford, Michigan-based Lodal, Inc. to resolve a problem with their truck warning lights. Link to the full story above.