Gov. Scott Walker paid a visit to St. Croix Central High School in Hammond Monday morning, Sept. 19, to tour that school’s Fab Lab and to announce that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is expanding the state’s popular Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) grant program.The program helps public school districts build or expand Fab Labs that provide students with training on valuable job skills.“When we launched this program last year, we heard loud and clear from school districts around the state that this was exactly the kind of initiative needed to help ensure today’s students succeed in the ever-changing economy once they leave school,” Walker said. “The response to this program has been overwhelming, and I’m pleased even more school districts will be able to participate in the coming school year.”The program supports hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education by assisting public school districts with equipment purchases used for instructional and educational purposes in Fab Labs.

A Fab Lab is a high-tech workshop equipped with computer-controlled manufacturing components, such as 3-D printers, laser engravers, and computer numerical control routers.Walker’s 2015-17 state budget included $500,000 to fund the initial round of Fab Lab grants. In response to an overwhelming number of applicants, WEDC provided another $100,000 for the program, and in May, grants of up to $25,000 were awarded to 25 school districts.WEDC is allocating another $500,000 in this fiscal year for the program and will begin seeking grant applications from public school districts on Oct. 10. WEDC anticipates awarding 20 grants in this round of funding.“The Fab Lab environment enables students to develop and hone the skills necessary to thrive in the 21st Century global economy, which is an essential component of ensuring the state’s continue economic success,” [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2838605","attributes":{"alt":"Gov. Walker gets a tour of St. Croix Central's facilities. (Raymond T. Rivard photo)","class":"media-image","height":"360","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]Mark Hogan, Secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development agency, said. “This program is another example of the strong partnership between the local school districts and the state of Wisconsin, and how we are working together to ensure that students are prepared for the jobs of the future.”Walker announcement came with the expansion of the Fabrication Laboratory grant program at St. Croix Central High School, which was one of the grant recipients in the program’s first year. While there, Walker also had the opportunity to tour the school’s Fab Lab.“Wisconsin Fab Labs grant has been instrumental in helping us update our Fab Lab with the latest technology that will enable our students to receive the training they need for the jobs of tomorrow,” said St. Croix School Superintendent Tim Widiker.“Expanding this program is great news because it means more students around the state will receive hands-on training using the latest equipment technology.”[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2838608","attributes":{"alt":"St. Croix Central sophomores Michael Lefeber, Joe Hueg and Hank Berger spend time with the governor. (Raymond T. Rivard photo)","class":"media-image","height":"360","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]State officials say the Fab Labs will also help boost economic development by sparking innovation among entrepreneurs, inventors, and small businesses in each community. That’s because WEDC requires schools with Fab Labs to make them accessible to the public, and many schools are offering training and workshops to community members after school.Fab Lab grants will be awarded through a competitive process, with applications evaluated based on readiness and long-range planning, curriculum, business and community partnerships, financial need, and previous awards.Public school districts around the state will receive more information about the application process in early October.Gov. Scott Walker paid a visit to St. Croix Central High School in Hammond Monday morning, Sept. 19, to tour that school’s Fab Lab and to announce that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is expanding the state’s popular Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) grant program.The program helps public school districts build or expand Fab Labs that provide students with training on valuable job skills.“When we launched this program last year, we heard loud and clear from school districts around the state that this was exactly the kind of initiative needed to help ensure today’s students succeed in the ever-changing economy once they leave school,” Walker said. “The response to this program has been overwhelming, and I’m pleased even more school districts will be able to participate in the coming school year.”The program supports hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education by assisting public school districts with equipment purchases used for instructional and educational purposes in Fab Labs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2838602","attributes":{"alt":"Gov. Scott Walker visits with Braeden Bloom in the Fab Lab at St. Croix Central School District. (Ray Rivard photo)","class":"media-image","height":"270","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]A Fab Lab is a high-tech workshop equipped with computer-controlled manufacturing components, such as 3-D printers, laser engravers, and computer numerical control routers.Walker’s 2015-17 state budget included $500,000 to fund the initial round of Fab Lab grants. In response to an overwhelming number of applicants, WEDC provided another $100,000 for the program, and in May, grants of up to $25,000 were awarded to 25 school districts.WEDC is allocating another $500,000 in this fiscal year for the program and will begin seeking grant applications from public school districts on Oct. 10. WEDC anticipates awarding 20 grants in this round of funding.“The Fab Lab environment enables students to develop and hone the skills necessary to thrive in the 21st Century global economy, which is an essential component of ensuring the state’s continue economic success,”

Mark Hogan, Secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development agency, said. “This program is another example of the strong partnership between the local school districts and the state of Wisconsin, and how we are working together to ensure that students are prepared for the jobs of the future.”Walker announcement came with the expansion of the Fabrication Laboratory grant program at St. Croix Central High School, which was one of the grant recipients in the program’s first year. While there, Walker also had the opportunity to tour the school’s Fab Lab.“Wisconsin Fab Labs grant has been instrumental in helping us update our Fab Lab with the latest technology that will enable our students to receive the training they need for the jobs of tomorrow,” said St. Croix School Superintendent Tim Widiker.“Expanding this program is great news because it means more students around the state will receive hands-on training using the latest equipment technology.”[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2838608","attributes":{"alt":"St. Croix Central sophomores Michael Lefeber, Joe Hueg and Hank Berger spend time with the governor. (Raymond T. Rivard photo)","class":"media-image","height":"360","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]State officials say the Fab Labs will also help boost economic development by sparking innovation among entrepreneurs, inventors, and small businesses in each community. That’s because WEDC requires schools with Fab Labs to make them accessible to the public, and many schools are offering training and workshops to community members after school.Fab Lab grants will be awarded through a competitive process, with applications evaluated based on readiness and long-range planning, curriculum, business and community partnerships, financial need, and previous awards.Public school districts around the state will receive more information about the application process in early October.Gov. Scott Walker paid a visit to St. Croix Central High School in Hammond Monday morning, Sept. 19, to tour that school’s Fab Lab and to announce that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is expanding the state’s popular Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) grant program.The program helps public school districts build or expand Fab Labs that provide students with training on valuable job skills.“When we launched this program last year, we heard loud and clear from school districts around the state that this was exactly the kind of initiative needed to help ensure today’s students succeed in the ever-changing economy once they leave school,” Walker said. “The response to this program has been overwhelming, and I’m pleased even more school districts will be able to participate in the coming school year.”The program supports hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education by assisting public school districts with equipment purchases used for instructional and educational purposes in Fab Labs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2838602","attributes":{"alt":"Gov. Scott Walker visits with Braeden Bloom in the Fab Lab at St. Croix Central School District. (Ray Rivard photo)","class":"media-image","height":"270","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]A Fab Lab is a high-tech workshop equipped with computer-controlled manufacturing components, such as 3-D printers, laser engravers, and computer numerical control routers.Walker’s 2015-17 state budget included $500,000 to fund the initial round of Fab Lab grants. In response to an overwhelming number of applicants, WEDC provided another $100,000 for the program, and in May, grants of up to $25,000 were awarded to 25 school districts.WEDC is allocating another $500,000 in this fiscal year for the program and will begin seeking grant applications from public school districts on Oct. 10. WEDC anticipates awarding 20 grants in this round of funding.“The Fab Lab environment enables students to develop and hone the skills necessary to thrive in the 21st Century global economy, which is an essential component of ensuring the state’s continue economic success,” [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2838605","attributes":{"alt":"Gov. Walker gets a tour of St. Croix Central's facilities. (Raymond T. Rivard photo)","class":"media-image","height":"360","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]Mark Hogan, Secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development agency, said. “This program is another example of the strong partnership between the local school districts and the state of Wisconsin, and how we are working together to ensure that students are prepared for the jobs of the future.”Walker announcement came with the expansion of the Fabrication Laboratory grant program at St. Croix Central High School, which was one of the grant recipients in the program’s first year. While there, Walker also had the opportunity to tour the school’s Fab Lab.“Wisconsin Fab Labs grant has been instrumental in helping us update our Fab Lab with the latest technology that will enable our students to receive the training they need for the jobs of tomorrow,” said St. Croix School Superintendent Tim Widiker.“Expanding this program is great news because it means more students around the state will receive hands-on training using the latest equipment technology.”

State officials say the Fab Labs will also help boost economic development by sparking innovation among entrepreneurs, inventors, and small businesses in each community. That’s because WEDC requires schools with Fab Labs to make them accessible to the public, and many schools are offering training and workshops to community members after school.Fab Lab grants will be awarded through a competitive process, with applications evaluated based on readiness and long-range planning, curriculum, business and community partnerships, financial need, and previous awards.Public school districts around the state will receive more information about the application process in early October.Gov. Scott Walker paid a visit to St. Croix Central High School in Hammond Monday morning, Sept. 19, to tour that school’s Fab Lab and to announce that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is expanding the state’s popular Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) grant program.The program helps public school districts build or expand Fab Labs that provide students with training on valuable job skills.“When we launched this program last year, we heard loud and clear from school districts around the state that this was exactly the kind of initiative needed to help ensure today’s students succeed in the ever-changing economy once they leave school,” Walker said. “The response to this program has been overwhelming, and I’m pleased even more school districts will be able to participate in the coming school year.”The program supports hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education by assisting public school districts with equipment purchases used for instructional and educational purposes in Fab Labs.

A Fab Lab is a high-tech workshop equipped with computer-controlled manufacturing components, such as 3-D printers, laser engravers, and computer numerical control routers.Walker’s 2015-17 state budget included $500,000 to fund the initial round of Fab Lab grants. In response to an overwhelming number of applicants, WEDC provided another $100,000 for the program, and in May, grants of up to $25,000 were awarded to 25 school districts.WEDC is allocating another $500,000 in this fiscal year for the program and will begin seeking grant applications from public school districts on Oct. 10. WEDC anticipates awarding 20 grants in this round of funding.“The Fab Lab environment enables students to develop and hone the skills necessary to thrive in the 21st Century global economy, which is an essential component of ensuring the state’s continue economic success,” [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2838605","attributes":{"alt":"Gov. Walker gets a tour of St. Croix Central's facilities. (Raymond T. Rivard photo)","class":"media-image","height":"360","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]Mark Hogan, Secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development agency, said. “This program is another example of the strong partnership between the local school districts and the state of Wisconsin, and how we are working together to ensure that students are prepared for the jobs of the future.”Walker announcement came with the expansion of the Fabrication Laboratory grant program at St. Croix Central High School, which was one of the grant recipients in the program’s first year. While there, Walker also had the opportunity to tour the school’s Fab Lab.“Wisconsin Fab Labs grant has been instrumental in helping us update our Fab Lab with the latest technology that will enable our students to receive the training they need for the jobs of tomorrow,” said St. Croix School Superintendent Tim Widiker.“Expanding this program is great news because it means more students around the state will receive hands-on training using the latest equipment technology.”[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2838608","attributes":{"alt":"St. Croix Central sophomores Michael Lefeber, Joe Hueg and Hank Berger spend time with the governor. (Raymond T. Rivard photo)","class":"media-image","height":"360","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]State officials say the Fab Labs will also help boost economic development by sparking innovation among entrepreneurs, inventors, and small businesses in each community. That’s because WEDC requires schools with Fab Labs to make them accessible to the public, and many schools are offering training and workshops to community members after school.Fab Lab grants will be awarded through a competitive process, with applications evaluated based on readiness and long-range planning, curriculum, business and community partnerships, financial need, and previous awards.Public school districts around the state will receive more information about the application process in early October.Gov. Scott Walker paid a visit to St. Croix Central High School in Hammond Monday morning, Sept. 19, to tour that school’s Fab Lab and to announce that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is expanding the state’s popular Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) grant program.The program helps public school districts build or expand Fab Labs that provide students with training on valuable job skills.“When we launched this program last year, we heard loud and clear from school districts around the state that this was exactly the kind of initiative needed to help ensure today’s students succeed in the ever-changing economy once they leave school,” Walker said. “The response to this program has been overwhelming, and I’m pleased even more school districts will be able to participate in the coming school year.”The program supports hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education by assisting public school districts with equipment purchases used for instructional and educational purposes in Fab Labs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2838602","attributes":{"alt":"Gov. Scott Walker visits with Braeden Bloom in the Fab Lab at St. Croix Central School District. (Ray Rivard photo)","class":"media-image","height":"270","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]A Fab Lab is a high-tech workshop equipped with computer-controlled manufacturing components, such as 3-D printers, laser engravers, and computer numerical control routers.Walker’s 2015-17 state budget included $500,000 to fund the initial round of Fab Lab grants. In response to an overwhelming number of applicants, WEDC provided another $100,000 for the program, and in May, grants of up to $25,000 were awarded to 25 school districts.WEDC is allocating another $500,000 in this fiscal year for the program and will begin seeking grant applications from public school districts on Oct. 10. WEDC anticipates awarding 20 grants in this round of funding.“The Fab Lab environment enables students to develop and hone the skills necessary to thrive in the 21st Century global economy, which is an essential component of ensuring the state’s continue economic success,”

Mark Hogan, Secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development agency, said. “This program is another example of the strong partnership between the local school districts and the state of Wisconsin, and how we are working together to ensure that students are prepared for the jobs of the future.”Walker announcement came with the expansion of the Fabrication Laboratory grant program at St. Croix Central High School, which was one of the grant recipients in the program’s first year. While there, Walker also had the opportunity to tour the school’s Fab Lab.“Wisconsin Fab Labs grant has been instrumental in helping us update our Fab Lab with the latest technology that will enable our students to receive the training they need for the jobs of tomorrow,” said St. Croix School Superintendent Tim Widiker.“Expanding this program is great news because it means more students around the state will receive hands-on training using the latest equipment technology.”[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2838608","attributes":{"alt":"St. Croix Central sophomores Michael Lefeber, Joe Hueg and Hank Berger spend time with the governor. (Raymond T. Rivard photo)","class":"media-image","height":"360","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]State officials say the Fab Labs will also help boost economic development by sparking innovation among entrepreneurs, inventors, and small businesses in each community. That’s because WEDC requires schools with Fab Labs to make them accessible to the public, and many schools are offering training and workshops to community members after school.Fab Lab grants will be awarded through a competitive process, with applications evaluated based on readiness and long-range planning, curriculum, business and community partnerships, financial need, and previous awards.Public school districts around the state will receive more information about the application process in early October.Gov. Scott Walker paid a visit to St. Croix Central High School in Hammond Monday morning, Sept. 19, to tour that school’s Fab Lab and to announce that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is expanding the state’s popular Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) grant program.The program helps public school districts build or expand Fab Labs that provide students with training on valuable job skills.“When we launched this program last year, we heard loud and clear from school districts around the state that this was exactly the kind of initiative needed to help ensure today’s students succeed in the ever-changing economy once they leave school,” Walker said. “The response to this program has been overwhelming, and I’m pleased even more school districts will be able to participate in the coming school year.”The program supports hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education by assisting public school districts with equipment purchases used for instructional and educational purposes in Fab Labs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2838602","attributes":{"alt":"Gov. Scott Walker visits with Braeden Bloom in the Fab Lab at St. Croix Central School District. (Ray Rivard photo)","class":"media-image","height":"270","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]A Fab Lab is a high-tech workshop equipped with computer-controlled manufacturing components, such as 3-D printers, laser engravers, and computer numerical control routers.Walker’s 2015-17 state budget included $500,000 to fund the initial round of Fab Lab grants. In response to an overwhelming number of applicants, WEDC provided another $100,000 for the program, and in May, grants of up to $25,000 were awarded to 25 school districts.WEDC is allocating another $500,000 in this fiscal year for the program and will begin seeking grant applications from public school districts on Oct. 10. WEDC anticipates awarding 20 grants in this round of funding.“The Fab Lab environment enables students to develop and hone the skills necessary to thrive in the 21st Century global economy, which is an essential component of ensuring the state’s continue economic success,” [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2838605","attributes":{"alt":"Gov. Walker gets a tour of St. Croix Central's facilities. (Raymond T. Rivard photo)","class":"media-image","height":"360","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]Mark Hogan, Secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development agency, said. “This program is another example of the strong partnership between the local school districts and the state of Wisconsin, and how we are working together to ensure that students are prepared for the jobs of the future.”Walker announcement came with the expansion of the Fabrication Laboratory grant program at St. Croix Central High School, which was one of the grant recipients in the program’s first year. While there, Walker also had the opportunity to tour the school’s Fab Lab.“Wisconsin Fab Labs grant has been instrumental in helping us update our Fab Lab with the latest technology that will enable our students to receive the training they need for the jobs of tomorrow,” said St. Croix School Superintendent Tim Widiker.“Expanding this program is great news because it means more students around the state will receive hands-on training using the latest equipment technology.”

State officials say the Fab Labs will also help boost economic development by sparking innovation among entrepreneurs, inventors, and small businesses in each community. That’s because WEDC requires schools with Fab Labs to make them accessible to the public, and many schools are offering training and workshops to community members after school.Fab Lab grants will be awarded through a competitive process, with applications evaluated based on readiness and long-range planning, curriculum, business and community partnerships, financial need, and previous awards.Public school districts around the state will receive more information about the application process in early October.

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