WAUKESHA COUNTY, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Quad/Graphics, a leading area employer, today announced its support for the new Manufacturing Engineering Technology program scheduled to launch at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) in August 2017. The company has contributed heavily to the development of the curriculum and also has offered its financial support, which includes a recent $100,000 commitment toward the program. This donation complements a long history of investment in WCTC programming by Quad/Graphics and the Quadracci family, including a $500,000 donation to WCTC’s Center for Integrated Manufacturing and a $1 million donation to the Harry V. Quadracci Printing and Graphics Center.
“Step inside any one of our facilities and you’ll see the high-tech, fast-paced nature of manufacturing today,” said Joel Quadracci, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quad/Graphics. “We embrace state-of-the-art automation and robotics, and require employees with sophisticated, interdisciplinary skill sets. WCTC’s new Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program will provide students with essential skills – including an in-depth understanding of manufacturing processes, materials, safety and quality – relevant for success in today’s technologically advanced manufacturing environment.”
Quadracci added that the program will continue to include printing process curriculum to support Quad/Graphics and other print manufacturers in the region. “WCTC is incorporating the very best of its long-standing Print and Publishing Program into this new Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program,” he said. “This is a win-win for all of us in the print community.”
Continued Quadracci: “The Printing and Publishing program isn’t going away; it will be incorporated into an even stronger, more comprehensive program that addresses the very real needs of today’s print manufacturers.”
Printers continue to be among the largest employers in Waukesha County and all of Southeastern Wisconsin. Quad/Graphics alone has more than 7,400 employees in 15 print-production facilities in Wisconsin. Currently, the company has more than 150 open production positions in Wisconsin.
“We are excited to launch this new program with the support of leading area employers like Quad/Graphics,” said Mike Shiels, WCTC Dean of Applied Technologies. “The program will provide students with a broad base of skills desired by today’s manufacturers, including contemporary production processes, modern design methods, safety, quality, and Lean and Six Sigma. Through consultation with multiple employers, we have developed a robust program that will prepare the workforce of the future.”