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Monticello schools receive technology education grant
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MONTICELLO - Monticello School District is again the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Wisconsin Technology Initiative to help reduce the financial barriers of integrating instructional technology into the technology education classroom.

The grant will provide the catalyst for significant changes in technology education curriculum and facilities. A touch panel SMART board will be added for instruction and demonstration. A computer numerically controlled router, commonly known as a ShopBot, and a 3D printer will be added for design, engineering and production classes.

For more than six years, WTI has partnered with the district to drive both technology innovation and a future-focused curriculum. The district is able to provide students access to the tools they need to fully explore their talents and interests, using a wide range of 21st century technologies. This will open up educational advantages for career opportunities that will last a lifetime. The integration of the new equipment into the technology education department will be the core of building a fabrication lab expected to grow and benefit from continued collaboration with the Juda, Albany, Brodhead and Black Hawk school districts.

The Wisconsin Technology Initiative was established in 2010 by John and Tashia Morgridge to improve academic achievement by providing funding for the advancement of instructional technology in learning environments throughout Wisconsin.

District Administrator Allen Brokopp, a member of the WTI professional development board, noted that WTI has reached more 40 percent of Wisconsin public school districts through the Morgridges' generosity, having been awarded $150,000 over six grant cycles. The district has been able to integrate SMART technology, telepresence equipment and professional development opportunities. Each step has helped to connect with other rural school districts to expand opportunities for students and take learning to the next level.

For more information, contact Allen Brokopp at 608-938-4194 or