MKE Tech Hub receives grant for IT training

The Department of Workforce Development has awarded an information technology sector grant of $398,840 to the MKE Tech Hub Coalition. Formed in 2019 to inclusively double the region’s tech talent, the Milwaukee-based, nonprofit organization today works collaboratively with more than 120 organizations in that effort.

MKE Tech Hub will partner with Apprenti and Max Technical Training to provide 26 individuals with the training required to assume a role as a registered Cyber Analyst apprentice at employers throughout southeastern Wisconsin. In addition, MKE Tech Hub will partner with TekSystems to provide 24 individuals with the training required to assume a role as a registered IT Service Desk apprentice and apply what they are learning on the job at client sites.

“On behalf of our members, we are thankful for the generosity and support from the Department of Workforce Development,” said Laura Schmidt, the coalition’s chief talent development officer. “This grant directly supports employers across southeastern Wisconsin interested in expanding available pathways into tech careers. Subsidizing the cost of related instruction that can be customized and delivered prior to apprentices starting on-the-job training is one of many strategies needed to effectively scale registered tech apprenticeship faster than otherwise possible.”

Additionally, $40,370 was granted to Luther Manor, A Life Plan Community, Wauwatosa, Milwaukee County. Luther Manor will partner with MRA in Waukesha to provide training to 76 current worker trainees, focusing on mentor success skills with workshops to promote job growth and stability. Following the training, the current workers will receive pay increases of $1 per hour.

Earlier this year, DWD announced nearly $2.2 million in awards through 19 contracted grants serving 43 businesses and nearly 1,500 individuals with customized training projects. The projects are all collective efforts involving the department’s regional and local partners in workforce development, such as technical colleges and community-based organizations.

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