State leaders to join Governor Walker in awarding fab labs grants throughout Wisconsin

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Madison – Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and key state leaders traveled throughout Wisconsin to present more than 20 public school districts with a total of nearly $500,000 in grants that will enable them to start or expand local fabrication laboratories, or fab labs.

“This unified show of support from the leaders of state government and all levels of education is a clear indication of the important role fab labs play in providing students in every region of the state with hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering, art, and math,” Governor Walker said. “Fab Lab Day honors the schools receiving the latest grants and will pay tribute to the teachers, students, community members, and other partners who are working hard to ensure our fab lab network continues to pay dividends for students and the community.”

In addition to Governor Walker and Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch, those who made grant announcements throughout the state included:

  • Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Secretary Mark R. Hogan and Deputy Secretary Tricia Braun
  • Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen
  • University of Wisconsin System (UW-System) President Ray Cross and UW-Stout Chancellor Bob Meyer
  • Wisconsin Technical College System President Morna Foy
  • WEDC Vice Presidents Lee Swindall, Barbara LaMue, and Aaron Hagar
  • Sharon Wendt, Director of Career and Technical Education for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI)

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