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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Friday, July 18, 2014
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Blueprint for Prosperity: Governor Scott Walker Announces $1.2 Million Grant to Train Almost 200 Workers at Chippewa Valley Technical College

Wisconsin Fast Forward grants help train more people for in-demand careers

Eau Claire – Governor Scott Walker today announced an award of more than $1.2 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward grant dollars to Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) to train up to 196 workers for in-demand fields. The award is part of $28 million in grants Governor Walker recently announced as part of his Blueprint for Prosperity initiative to help Wisconsin technical college train more than 4,900 workers for jobs employers need to fill.

“Businesses around the state have jobs available, right now, but not enough skilled workers to fill them," Governor Walker said. "These grants, available through our Wisconsin Fast Forward program, will help ensure Wisconsin’s workforce remains competitive and on the cutting-edge, and will help more Wisconsinites go back to work.”

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) administers the grants, which add capacity to 100 programs at the state’s 16 technical colleges. Up to 4,908 additional students will be able to access training programs that cover key industry sectors including manufacturing, health care, transportation, construction and architecture, and education.

During a visit to the CVTC campus, Governor Walker announced DWD's intent to award the technical college $1,223,540 to train 196 additional workers in the following high-demand areas:

"It is a vital part of CVTC’s mission to support the workforce needs of the region, and to do so we must constantly keep up with a changing economy," said Chippewa Valley Technical College President, Bruce Barker. "The additional funds will increase our ability to respond rapidly to the needs of both our graduates and the employers who want to hire them. Shorter waiting lists in high demand fields serve everyone’s interests."

Governor Walker signed 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:

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