Technical college system helped land Foxconn

Tech system will help train Foxconn workforce

MADISON, Wis. - Before Foxconn executives made the decision to build a facility in Wisconsin they met with leaders of the Wisconsin Technical College System to determine the state’s ability to train a workforce.

“We have been a part of the conversation to talk about what is really possible here, and are we really able and willing to be a part of some pretty exciting possibilities, and the answer is 'yes,'” said Morna Foy, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System.

Foxconn is one of the world’s largest electronics manufacturers. Based in Taiwan, they have 1.2 million employees worldwide.

The facility in Wisconsin will employ at least 3,000 employees.

It will fall to the Wisconsin Technical College System to train a workforce to support the tech industry.

“We are a fully built in advanced manufacturing and STEM programs and all of these facets have been part of our bread and butter operations,” Foy said.

While the technical college system has programs in place to train a workforce in tech skills, they will begin a more detailed dialog to determine the specific needs of Foxconn.

“I think it has been a difference maker to date, in terms of our listening to what Foxconn needed and what they are looking for,” Foy said.

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