MADISON -

Governor Scott Walker announced today, Tuesday, October 11, 2016, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is now accepting applications for the Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Lab) Grant Program. This program provides students with valuable job skill training.

The WEDC program supports hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education by assisting public school districts with equipment purchases for instructional and educational purposes in Fab Labs.

Fab Labs are equipped with high-tech work spaces and the latest equipment including computer-controlled manufacturing components, such as 3-D printers, laser engravers, and computer numerical control routers.

"The overwhelming response we received in the first round of funding for this program made it clear there is a need to expand it to even more districts this school year," Governor Walker said. "Fab Labs give students real-life experience in the global economy before they graduate from high school and provide them with the skills they will need to compete for the jobs of the future."

Fab Lab grants will be awarded through a competitive process, with applicants evaluated based on readiness and long-rage planning, curriculum, business, and community partnerships, financial need, and previous awards.

Application information can be found at www.InWisconsin.com/fablabs.

The deadlines for submission is December 15.