Workforce Innovation Grant News

Ribbon Cutting for Generator for Mobile Welding Lab

Latest News on the Workforce Innovation Grant Projects


New state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing lab is cause for celebration at Northwood Tech


The new advanced manufacturing mechatronics lab will support growth in the manufacturing sector through hands-on experience and training. Read More

Past News:

3/28/23 - Northwood Tech Receives Box Truck for Mobile Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Training

9/15/22 - Northwood Tech Hosts HOMES Grant Roundtable Event on Site Selection and Training

6/22/22 - Northwood Technical College presented a nearly $10 million workforce grant


Northwood Tech Celebrates New Mobile Welding Lab Generator 


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Northwood Technical College held a ribbon cutting and open house event today recognizing Enbridge Energy and Cenovus Superior Refinery for their combined donations of $90,000 toward the purchase of a generator to power the new state-of-the-art mobile welding lab.   Learn more

Past News: 

6/13/23 Northwood Tech Celebrated Mobile Welding Lab’s First Graduates

4/14/23 Governor Evers Tours Northwood Technical College's Mobile Welding Lab

3/27/23 - Completed Mobile Welding Trailer Delivered to Rice Lake Campus

12/22/21 - Northwood Tech is a Participant in $10M Workforce Innovation Grant Project 


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About the Workforce Innovation Grants

  • Housing Opportunity & Mobile Education Solutions (HOMES) Grant
    • Download PDF on HOMES Grant
    • HOMES provides sustainable affordable housing options and educational assets that will serve communities for decades to come. This unique partnership between Northwood Tech and Impact Seven will deploy workforce training and equipment while addressing a well-documented affordable housing shortage. The project will focus on unemployed and underemployed adults and underserved populations.
    • Workforce challenges addressed:
      • Individual advanced manufacturing industry training
      • Affordable workforce housing
    • Northwood Technical College will allocate $3.8 million for:
      • Advanced mobile manufacturing equipment
      • Training instructional costs at off-and on-campus locations
    • Impact Seven will establish a $6 million workforce housing fund to:
      • Reduce risk on housing projects for multi-family rental housing
      • Feature workforce accelerators for on-site training
      • Extend classroom space to locations where community workers can access an affordable housing option
      • Leverage additional debt and/or equity capital
    • The project will provide:
      • Flexible training opportunities in advanced manufacturing certifications/credentials of Mechatronics, Smart Automation Certification Alliance, Robotics, and Machine Tool
      • 2-3 new affordable workforce 30-40-unit multi-family housing sites (Site selection in progress)
      • Collaboration opportunities with Northwood Tech district high school instructors on innovative teaching and technologies
      • Advanced Manufacturing Virtual Reality Training to Northwood Tech district residents and businesses
    • Grant Funding Statement 
    • The three-year, $9.8 million Housing Opportunity & Mobile Education Solutions (HOMES) project is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Impact Seven will provide an additional $20 million for sustainable affordable housing options within the district. Northwood Technical College will provide an additional $1.25 million to conduct advanced manufacturing training for underemployed, unemployed, and special population individuals.
  • ​​​Restoring Employment through Support, Training, Outreach, Recruitment and Education (RESTORE) Grant
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    • Northwood Tech is a sub-recipient of this grant and will focus on counties in the Northwood Tech District. 
    • The RESTORE grant addresses a key workforce challenge in Northwest Wisconsin of a lack of qualified workers in metal fabrication and maintenance across the manufacturing sector. The unique Northwood Tech and St. Croix Central High School partnership provides a dedicated space for manufacturing education. The project will focus on local industry needs and advanced manufacturing opportunities in rural communities.
    • The project will provide:
      • Certificates, technical diplomas and apprenticeships:
      • Mechatronics Basics Dual Credit Academy
      • Plastic Injection Mold Apprenticeship Program
      • Plastic Injection Mold Certified Pre-Apprenticeship Program
    • Mobile Welding Training Lab
      • Stainless Steel Welding
      • Shielded Metal Arc Welding
      • Gas Metal Arc Welding
      • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
      • Flux Cored Arc Welding
      • Welding Maintenance and Fabrication
    • Industry recognized credentials:
      • MSSC Certified Production Technician
      • FANUC Certified Robot Operator
    • Key Partners Include: 
      • Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC)—Lead
      • Northwood Technical College
      • St. Croix Central School District
      • Workforce Resource, Inc.
      • West Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board
      • Momentum West Economic Development Organization
      • Manufacturing Works
      • Economic Development County Boards
      • Local Manufacturers
    • RESTORE Grant Funding Statement
    • The 3-year, $1.2 million Restoring Employment through Support, Training, Outreach, Recruitment, and Education in Northwestern Wisconsin (RESTORE) project is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Northwood Technical College will provide an additional $1 million in grant support for training underemployed, unemployed, and special population individuals.

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