Department of Workforce Development
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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Blueprint for Prosperity: Lt. Governor Kleefisch Announces Over $1 Million Grant to Train Almost 75 Workers at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Wisconsin Fast Forward grants are awarded as part of Governor's Blueprint for Prosperity Initiative

GREEN BAY – Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch today announced the award of over $1 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward grant dollars to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) to train up to 72 workers for in-demand fields. The award is part of $28 million in grants that Governor Walker recently announced as part of his Blueprint for Prosperity initiative to help Wisconsin technical college train over 4,900 workers for jobs that employers need to fill.

"The investments we are making in Northeast Wisconsin Technical College under Governor Walker's leadership will enhance opportunities for working families in Northeast Wisconsin and help employers across the region find the workers they need," Lt. Governor Kleefisch said. "It is through investments like these that Wisconsin will address the skills gap today and in the years to come."

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will administer the grants, which will add capacity to 100 programs at all 16 technical colleges and accommodate up to 4,908 additional students in training programs. Training programs cover key industry sectors such as manufacturing, health care, transportation, construction and architecture, and education.

During a visit to the NWTC campus, Lt. Governor Kleefisch announced DWD's intent to award NWTC $1,082,653 to train 72 additional workers in the following high-demand areas:

"These grants significantly boost our capacity to serve students in some of the state's most in-demand fields," NWTC President Dr. H. Jeffery Rafn said. "By expanding enrollment opportunities in our Nursing, Machine Tool, Practical Nursing, and Web and Software Development programs, we’re able to better respond to our district’s workforce needs, and get more students into family-supporting careers in growing industries."

Governor Walker signed 2013 Act 139 into law in March 2014 as part of his Blueprint for Prosperity initiative following the strong bipartisan support of the state Legislature. The legislation allocated an additional $35.4 million in funds to the Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training program with a focus on three areas:

Technical colleges submitted initial lists of programs for grant consideration earlier this year. DWD developed objective, data-driven measurement tools to validate wait lists for grant eligibility purposes, evaluate each technical college's funding request, make award decisions, and include accountability measures to protect taxpayers' investment.