Grant money from Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training program
For the City Times
Sentry Insurance this week donated $34,000 to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Foundation.
The money was part of a Wisconsin Information Technology (IT) worker training program that Sentry took part in over the last two years. The Wisconsin Fast Forward grant program awarded more than $189,000 to the North Central Workforce Development Board, which allocated the $34,000 to Sentry for IT training programs.
“Sentry eagerly joined the Fast Forward training program,” said Jim Frank, Sentry Insurance vice president for information technology. “For us, it wasn’t really about the grant, but the opportunity to collaborate with local education programs, provide technical training, and help bolster the IT workforce in Central Wisconsin.”
Sentry chose to donate the $34,000 Fast Forward grant to UW-Stevens Point Foundation to assist future students with educational assistance.
“UW-Stevens Point is committed to helping central Wisconsin meet its IT workforce needs,” said Greg Summers, the university’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “This generous funding will help us to expand our enrollment and ensure that students can graduate and find employment as quickly as possible.”
The $34,000 donation was made during a news conference announcing a new IT Co-op program between Sentry and UW-Stevens Point. The IT Co-op will provide on-the-job training for IT students at a location near the campus in Stevens Point’s downtown.