MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - Lawmakers on Wisconsin's budget-writing committee have approved a new engineering school for UW-Green Bay as part of the state's two-year spending plan.
Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) says the engineering school is part of the overall UW System budget. Nygren is Assembly co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee.
“Manufacturing has always played a key role in northeastern Wisconsin’s economy. As our jobs climate continues to improve, local businesses are in need of more trained engineers," Rep. Nygren says in a statement. "The new engineering school at UW-Green Bay will be a game changer. More students will have access to quality educational opportunities to learn marketable skills, and local businesses will be able to hire more qualified college grads for well-paying positions."
Rep. Nygren did not release additional details about the proposed engineering school.
The 2017-2019 budget still needs to be approved by the full state legislature and signed by Gov. Scott Walker.
“Moving forward, I encourage both Houses of the Legislature and Governor Walker to support the UW-Green Bay engineering school in the 2017-19 State Budget," Nygren says.