Deadline extended for WCTC manufacturing center fundraising

By Katherine Michalets - Special to The Freeman

Sept. 7, 2014

PEWAUKEE - Waukesha County Technology College will have an additional three weeks to raise $2 million for an Integrated Manufacturing Center, for which $1 million has already been pledged by an anonymous donor contingent upon the rest being raised by private donors.

On Aug. 20, the college announced the donation for the center’s construction and its efforts to raise an additional $2 million by Sept. 8. On Thursday, WCTC Foundation President Ellen Phillips said that fundraising deadline has been extended until the end of the month.

She declined to provide a specific amount for how much money has been raised in recent weeks for the center, which would develop students’ skills to a higher level to prepare them for jobs in manufacturing. Phillips said several donations had been made and because things are changing quickly she wanted to wait until she had more concrete news to announce.

“We feel really positive about (making the fundraising goal),” Phillips said. “We have such a fantastic response from manufacturing employers showing interest in the campaign. We have talked to numerous people. We have a lot of requests and are following up on them.”

The proposed IMC would be 24,000 square feet and would comprise 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 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.