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Upgrading employee education

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - An area technical college is teaming up with private companies looking to make the most out of their employees.

The skills upgrade is paid for through state grants and these taxpayer dollars are pumping up productivity.

"It allows employers to partner with their local technical college to train their current workforce," says Chippewa Valley Technical College's Roxann Vanderwyst.

This partnership has the goal of transforming tax funded grants into more skilled and productive workers.

"Everything we do with our business and industry training is really geared and customized to what the needs are for these employers," says Vanderwyst.

"Our company signed us up just to send out a better employee to the customers," says student and electrician Bill Lansin.

Employers can request specific classes from the college, like this electromechanical training program.

"So there is a lot of different areas that they are trying to hit so it's not just one thing," says Lansin.

"The focus again is to really upgrade the skill level of employees and overall provide productivity for companies," says Vanderwyst.

Because increased productivity can save money for more than the employer.

"It's saving everybody money because you're sending out a better qualified person.  So the people that are paying the taxes or whatever for the program are getting a better person to come out and fix their equipment later too," says Lansin.

Investing in Wisconsin, one employee at a time.

Chippewa Valley Technical College is currently seeking businesses who want to develop their employee's skills in the 2013 to 2014 sessions.     

The workforce advancement training grants are specific to certain skills sets, so the college does need to hear businesses needs to decide which classes to provide in the Chippewa Valley.

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