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(Janesville, WI) Neil Johnson, Gazette

As the new owner of the former General Motors plant continues the mammoth job of tearing down the massive complex on Janesville’s south side, ideas are starting to emerge on the site’s prospects for redevelopment. Janesville architectural firm Angus-Young Associates and two other local architectural and surveying firms have begun work on preliminary plans that would flesh out how parts of the 250-acre GM site might be split up as redevelopment parcels.

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(Janesville, WI) Angie Kablar, Blackhawk Technical College

Blackhawk Technical College’s nursing program has a lot to celebrate. In addition to the third consecutive semester of graduates achieving a 100% pass rate on the National Counsel Licensure Examination (NCLEX), the program received some great news for future students. The Parker Foundation has proposed a gift that would create a fund of up to $1 million in support of scholarships for the BTC nursing program students.

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(Janesville, WI) Bryan Wegter, Gazette

John Van Susteren looks forward to the Tour of America’s Dairyland each year.

The road cycling series, the largest of its kind in the United States, attracts cyclists from across the country and world. It winds through southeast Wisconsin over an 11-day span, exciting spectators with criterium-style bike racing.

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(Janesville, WI) Angie Kablar, Blackhawk Technical College

In today’s global economy, businesses are constantly seeking opportunities to gain a competitive edge, something Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) knows all too well. With that challenge in mind, BTC is excited to report that $438,578 in Workforce Advancement Training (WAT) grants have been secured for 11 different area businesses. 

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(Janesville, WI) Mark Marley, WEDC

In a move that marks a significant step toward the redevelopment of the former General Motors assembly plant in Janesville, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) today announced it has awarded the city $500,000 to help fund the demolition of the old factory.

Commercial Development Co. (CDC), a leading North American commercial real estate and brownfield redevelopment company, plans to raze the buildings to make way for about 1 million square feet of space to be used for future industrial and warehousing end users that require railroad service.

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(Janesville, WI) – More than 80 individuals attended today’s 2018 Summer Rock Internship Program’s Signing and Orientation event at Blackhawk Technical College’s central campus. Attendees included high school interns and their parents; school career and technical education and/or counseling personnel; representatives from the internship worksites; and economic and workforce development stakeholders. This paid, high school internship program is made possible through a partnership between Blackhawk Technical College (BTC), Rock County 5.0 and Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board.

During the event, over 20 interns received a comprehensive program orientation – which included various programmatic onboarding procedures. Topics such as payroll record keeping and processing; workplace expectations, scheduling, performance and interactions; the Friday seminar series; and individual and/or group activities were reviewed, as well. Interns, parents and the host worksite businesses then participated in a ceremonial signing event.

A diverse grouping of employers, including several that are hosting more than one intern, are participating in the 2018 Rock Internship Program. These businesses include: Angus Young Associates, Beloit Snappers, Beloit Fire Department, Blackhawk Technical College, Bliss Communications, County of Rock, Diamond Assets, Forward Janesville, HealthNet, Rock County Job Center (SWWDB), SSI Technologies and Stainless Tank & Equipment.

This structured, 4-week earn-and-learn program represents one of the first and only collaborative, paid high school internships offered throughout the State of Wisconsin. In addition to providing incoming seniors with meaningful career pathway experiences, the internship program will assist these youth with accelerating and/or developing their personal and professional skills.

ABOUT BLACKHAWK TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Blackhawk Technical College is a forward-thinking, proactive college that believes in real-world experiences and hands-on training in a diverse atmosphere.  Our long-term goal is to redefine what a technical college is, through flexible scheduling and delivery models, a range of program offerings, partnerships with local employers, and world-class facilities with high tech equipment – including some you won’t find anywhere else in the state of Wisconsin.  BTC has five campus locations in Monroe, Milton, Beloit and Janesville and is a major provider of customized training and technical assistance for the Rock and Green County business community.

ABOUT ROCK COUNTY 5.0
Rock County 5.0 is a public/private initiative to advance Rock County’s economic development through various interrelated local and/or countywide plans to reposition and revitalize the region’s economy. Through a singular voice, Rock County 5.0 is dedicated to identifying and nurturing economic opportunities, accelerating regional growth and growing local assets.

ABOUT THE SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD 
The Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (SWWDB) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting innovation and providing quality local workforce development programs and services to businesses and residents in Southwest Wisconsin.


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(Janesville, WI) Neil Johnson, Gazette

Beloit restaurant group Geronimo Hospitality Group plans this summer to open Bessie’s Diner—a new, aviation-themed breakfast and lunch restaurant in 3,600 square feet inside the airport’s terminal, 1716 W. Airport Road, off Highway 51.

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(Rock County, WI)


A report highlighting the use of the County’s web-based career preparation and readiness platform, which is powered by Career Cruising, was released today. The Spring 2018 Inspire Rock County Report provides a snapshot of the activity, engagement, and trends generated from this workforce development tool. A brief summary of the report is provided below.

 

The number of students and/or young adults actively using or building-out their Academic and Career Plans (ACP) continues to increase. Of the 15,000+ student ACP’s, nearly 9,500 of those portfolios have at least one saved career. Meanwhile, more than 6,000 of those ACP’s have identified a higher education institution to pursue post-high school graduation. In both cases, these numbers represent a 21% increase from corresponding figures a year ago.

With respect to the number of career-related page views, where students are literally “cruising careers”, about 232,500 page views were recorded during the school year: a 22% increase from the previous year. During this same time period, student and instructor logins climbed by 28%.

The combined volume of message board posts, which represents one measure of career engagement between students and the business community, pushed past the 6,400 mark. If fall 2018 semester follows the trends from this spring, year-end totals for 2018 are expected to match and/or exceed the 2,000+ benchmark set back in 2017. With the merger of the Inspire Rock County and the extended Inspire Madison Region databases, students now have access to more than 650 career coaches.

In terms of work-based activities, data collected from the school districts of Beloit, Janesville and Milton demonstrates that Fall 2017 – Spring 2018 was extremely active. More than 1,800 business partners stepped forward to participate in approximately 900 events, ranging from mock interviews to career exploration days. Combined, these events reached 15,875 high school students. In addition to these customary engagement activities, the Rock Internship Program was launched this spring as one of several new earn-and-learn offerings. Over two-dozen students are participating in this 4-week internship experience, which kicks-off on June 12th with a Signing and Orientation Day event.

For more information about career preparation and readiness in Rock County, please visit www.InspireRockCounty.org and/or connect with your local school district representative.

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(Janesville, WI) Mark Maley, WEDC

The City of Janesville is receiving a $250,000 state grant to help finance the construction of a new downtown hotel. The Community Development Investment Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will support the new construction of a Cobblestone Hotel & Suites, a 53-room, four-story hotel overlooking the Rock River.

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