Central Wisconsin Manufacturers Alliance
Since it's inception, over 35,000 students, 100 businesses, from 10 counties have taken part in the CWIMA Heavy Metal Tour. We design the Tour to showcase innovative educational and career pathways, exposing area youth and educators to the robust opportunities in manufacturing.
To date, over 22,000 8th grade students, from 41 area school districts, have taken part and toured over 100 regional manufacturers. We created the program to show students all the educational and career opportunities available in regional manufacturer's, it is our pillar program in educational and career awareness.
Each year CWIMA hold's an annual Welding and Machine Tool Contest exposing over 1,600 area students to educational and career opportunities in fabrication related trades. This year CWIMA will award of $10,000 in prizes to the top students, 25 scholarships to area technical colleges, and new equipment to winning schools.
We partner with NTC and Mid State Technical College, to fund free short-term summer classes, that allow sophomores, juniors, and seniors, to receive free college credits, Youth Apprenticeship Credits, and employment opportunities.