Partners in Prosperity
Partners in Prosperity is a high school-based welding program that yields skilled laborers ready for employment upon high school graduation. The three-semester program, which is credentialed through Western Technical College, is a collaborative effort between the Sparta Area School District, Western Technical College, and industry leaders in Western Wisconsin. Students will earn a Basic Welding Embedded Technical Diploma, the Wisconsin Employability Skills Certificate, and their high school diploma upon graduating from the Sparta Area School District and the program.
During the program, students are mentored by welding professionals to ensure a basic understanding of welding, and by local human resource directors to learn employability skills and local businesses’ hiring criteria. Upon graduation, students have the foundation they need if they choose to continue their education at Western Technical College, where they’ll have the opportunity to earn a Manufacturing Systems Maintenance Technical Diploma, a Welding Technical Diploma, or enter the workforce.
To ensure job placement at minimum wage or higher within six months of students completing their training, local employers have agreed to provide internships for Partners in Prosperity students. The school district will teach students the necessary “soft” skills, while the employers will allow them to further learn the welding skills they’ll need to become valued employees after graduation, or to continue their education. Partners in Prosperity represents an investment in the local economy, and in local families. By providing education and training to graduates, together we are investing in our community’s future.
Sparta High School
Student population: 750
506 North Black River Street, Sparta, WI