3rd Class Completes Accelerated Industrial Maintenance Program

July 3, 2024


Front row, left to right: Julian Huerta, Blaine Brown, Landon Hahn, Ryan Thomas, Jared Owens. Second row: Faith Traynor, Jaydyn Buhmeyer, Kaleb Neujahr, Cayden DerHasen, Saul Vargas, Jordan Shultz. Third row: Ty Feibel, Angel Escalera, Manuel Vargas, Nolyn Miller, Charles Whitaker.

On Wednesday, 17 students completed the Accelerated Industrial Maintenance (AIM) program, marking the third graduating class of this initiative, which was funded by a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD).

“There’s so much opportunity right here in our stateline area for building a career,” Greg Phillips, Dean of Manufacturing, Apprenticeship, Technology and Transportation, told the graduates. “My hope is that you have a better understanding of your personal interest and that the AIM program helped you or sparked you to build on your interests.”

In partnership with Blackhawk Technical College and the Stateline Manufacturing Alliance, the Accelerated Industrial Maintenance program has been facilitated through the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, which received a $1.6 million grant through the DWD in 2022 to implement projects that improve the workforce needs in several critical areas, including industrial maintenance.

Designed for high school students or recent high school graduates, the four-week summer program is comprised of Blackhawk courses that provide a foundation skillset for those seeking career opportunities in industrial maintenance and technology. Participants are paid to complete the courses and earn three credits that can be applied to a degree at Blackhawk or other colleges. The program also included career exploration opportunities at local manufacturers.

Thank you to all our partners who made this program possible, including the Stateline Manufacturing Alliance (SMA), Mid-States Concrete, Scot Forge, Blain’s Farm & Fleet, The Morse Group, Stoughton Trailers, Kuhn, Charter Next Generation, SSI Technologies, Frito-Lay, Fairbanks Morse Defense, and Baker Manufacturing.

2024 AIM Class

Jaydyn Buhmeyer, Beloit Turner High School

Blaine Brown, Clinton High School

Cayden DerHasen, Rock River Charter High School

Angel Escalera, Beloit Memorial High School

Ty Feibel, Clinton High School

Landon Hahn, Clinton High School

Nolan Hatch, Beloit Memorial High School

Julian Huerta, Beloit Turner High School

Josue Jimenez, Beloit Memorial High School

Nolyn Miller, South Beloit High School

Kaleb Neujahr, Beloit Turner High School

Jared Owens, Beloit Turner High School

Jordan Shultz, Beloit Memorial High School

Ryan Thomas, Beloit Turner High School

Faith Traynor, Milton High School

Saul Vargas, Beloit Memorial High School

Manuel Vargas, Beloit Memorial High School

Charles Whitaker, South Beloit High School

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