The proposed Integrated Manufacturing Center at Waukesha
County Technical College.
PEWAUKEE - Waukesha County Technical College announced
Wednesday it has received an anonymous pledge of $1
million toward the construction of its Integrated
Manufacturing Center, provided that the remainder is
covered by private donors.
According to the
U.S. Department of Labor, advanced manufacturing is a high-growth
industry. The lack of workers qualified to fill skilled positions is
one reason why the IMC is so important to the school and the local
manufacturing industry, said local officials.
and cooperative experiences through the IMC will develop students’
skills to a higher level and prepare them for the types of systems
they will use in the region’s manufacturing companies,” said Suzanne
Kelley, president of the Waukesha County Business Alliance, which is
working closely with the WCTC Foundation to secure funds for the
The proposed IMC
is planned to be 24,000 square feet.
Manufacturing Center’s additional space will allow for increased
student capacity and growth in multiple program areas,” said WCTC
Interim President Kaylen Betzig.
That space would
be comprised of two automation systems technology laboratories, an
integrated manufacturing and engineering laboratory, an industrial
maintenance technician laboratory, two electronics laboratories, an
electronics fabrication laboratory, a technology laboratory, an
engineering lecture hall, an automation systems technology
classroom, two engineering classrooms and two conference rooms.
The IMC will have
flexible, automated work cells. The existing stand-alone systems
could be integrated to provide students with a more comprehensive
learning experience. The proposed center would be connected to the
college’s existing industrial building and be home to several
programs within the School of Applied Technologies.
The race against
the clock has begun, with a looming Sept. 8 deadline - the day
before the Wisconsin Technical College System Board’s bimonthly
The project would
cost $4.5 million in total. According to Wisconsin’s limit on
capital spending, WCTC may spend up to $1.5 million on the project.
That means WCTC
has fewer than three weeks from the announcement to raise $2 million
- an effort supported by local business leaders.
“Their vision to
showcase a learning environment that mirrors real life manufacturing
job applications is progressive and unique,” said DUECO, Inc.
President and CEO Judie Taylor, who is also chair of the Waukesha
County Business Alliance’s Manufacturing Executive Council. “We
challenge all manufacturers to step forward to show their support
through a donation.”
information, contact Michael Shiels, dean of the School of Applied
Technologies, at 262-691-7823 or