Department of Workforce Development
201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Blueprint for Prosperity: Lt. Governor Kleefisch Announces $1.3 Million Grant to Train Over 350 Workers at Lakeshore Technical College
Wisconsin Fast Forward grants are awarded as part of Governor's Blueprint for Prosperity Initiative
CLEVELAND – Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch today announced the award of over $1.3 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward grant dollars to Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) to train up to 352 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 Lakeshore Technical College under Governor Walker's leadership will enhance opportunities for working families in the region and help employers 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 LTC campus, Lt. Governor Kleefisch announced DWD's intent to award the technical college $1,384,530 to train 352 additional workers in the following high-demand areas:
- $164,004 to train 36 workers in Manufacturing: Introduction to Industrial Maintenance
- $204,629 to train 48 workers in Manufacturing: General Manufacturing/Production (MSSC)
- $194,174 to train 24 workers in Manufacturing: Industrial Technician Automation
- $182,107 to train 40 workers in Manufacturing: Basic Food Production and Manufacturing
- $160,369 to train 24 workers in Manufacturing: Mid-level Food Production and Manufacturing
- $196,109 to train 100 workers in Information Technology - Industry Certifications
- $82,639 to train 20 workers in Health Care: Nursing Assistant
- $200,499 to train 60 workers in Law, Public Safety & Security: Basic EMT
“These resources provide critical funding to train workers quickly for our local employer’s greatest needs," said LTC President Michael Lanser. “The Blueprint for Prosperity grants benefit our students, our employers and our communities by strengthening our workforce with more skilled workers.”
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:
- Reduction of waits lists at Wisconsin technical colleges for high-demand fields.
- Collaborative projects between high schools, technical colleges, businesses, and other partners to increase opportunities for high school pupils to earn industry-recognized credentials.
- Enhancing the employment opportunities for workers with disabilities.