Governor Jim Doyle announced a $296,997 Wisconsin Industry Partnership grant to fund training for agriculture and agribusiness workers throughout Wisconsin. The grant is being awarded to the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin. The grant will support training activities on a statewide basis, with input from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP) and its Wisconsin Agricultural Education and Workforce Development Council, whose 34 members include 12 representatives from industry employers across the state.
Through the grant, current employees and unemployed or underemployed workers will receive training in agriculture career pathways that focus both on and off the farm, from farm production to distribution-related financial, technical and manufacturing processes. Training will take the form of mentorship, programs and seminars, targeting some 200 farmers, farm workers and displaced manufacturing workers who are pursuing new careers in agriculture. Jobs that will be supported through the grant project include engineering managers, marketing managers, and heavy equipment mechanics. With close to $340,000 in local matching resources, total funding for the 12-month training project will reach nearly $637,000.
Governor Doyle also announced an Industry Partnership convening grant of $25,000 for the Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Board to work with employers in the Power Control sector to identify potential training opportunities.
September 9, 2010