Department of Workforce Development
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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Blueprint for Prosperity: DWD Secretary Newson Announces $348,743 Grant to Train Close to 70 Workers at Mid-State Technical College
Wisconsin Fast Forward grants are awarded as part of Governor's Blueprint for Prosperity Initiative
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today announced the award of up to $348,743 in Wisconsin Fast Forward grant dollars to Mid-State Technical College (MSTC) to train over three dozen workers for in-demand fields. DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson delivered the announcement on Secretary Newson's behalf at the MSTC campus.
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.
"This additional investment of Wisconsin Fast Forward funds will help Mid-State Technical College equip workers with skills that employers need to fill throughout the region," Secretary Newson said. "The investment is reflective of Governor Walker's comprehensive agenda to develop the workforce and address the skills gap."
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.
DWD intends to award the technical college $348,743 to train 68 additional workers in the following high-demand areas:
- $147,000 to train 18 workers in Transportation – Diesel & Heavy Equipment
- $139,268 to train 32 workers in MSTC's Medical Assistant program
- $62,475 to train 18 workers in Welding
"This generous Blueprint for Prosperity investment in three of our high-demand fields – Welding, Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician, and Medical Assistant – gives Mid-State Technical College added opportunity to creatively and rapidly respond to local workforce needs," said Dr. Sue Budjac, President of Mid-State Technical College. "This award is another example of our longtime partnership with the Department of Workforce Development to produce and sustain a vibrant and healthy economy in central Wisconsin."
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.