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$25,000 health care convening grant awarded to Northland Works

Today in Superior, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Roberta Gassman announced a $25,000 Wisconsin Industry Partnership grant to help the healthcare sector in northwest Wisconsin meet the growing demand for skilled workers in health-related occupations.

"With this grant, the health care sector in northwest Wisconsin can develop a strategy to provide people with training and opportunities to pursue jobs in health care occupations that are in demand throughout the region," Secretary Gassman said. "These are the kinds of investments that, under Governor Doyle’s leadership, will create job opportunities and advance Wisconsin’s economy."

Registered nurses, dental hygienists, radiology technicians and surgical technicians are among occupations in demand throughout the Northland Works region, which consists of 17 counties in northwest Wisconsin and neighboring Minnesota. A variety of other occupations are covered under the convening grant, ranging from pharmacy technicians to medical records professionals. The addition of over 11,200 new jobs is projected for the region’s health care sector by 2018.

The Wisconsin Industry Partnership program, administered by DWD, represents a collaborative approach to training involving labor unions, area employers, economic development agencies, workforce development agencies, K-12 schools, technical colleges and University of Wisconsin institutions.

June 22, 2010

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Secretary Gassman presents a Wisconsin Industry Partnership grant to Steve Terry, Executive Director, Northwest Wisconsin Investment Board. Pictured in the background are dislocated workers who recently completed training in welding at a boot camp by DWD's partners, the Northwest Wisconsin Investment Board and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College