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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Blueprint for Prosperity: Lt. Governor Kleefisch Announces $3.6 Million Grant to Train Over 850 Workers at Fox Valley Technical College

Wisconsin Fast Forward grants are awarded as part of Governor's Blueprint for Prosperity Initiative

APPLETON – Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch today announced the award of over $3.6 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward grant dollars to Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) to train up to 856 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 Fox Valley Technical College under Governor Walker's leadership will enhance opportunities for working families in the Fox Valley 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 FVTC campus, Lt. Governor Kleefisch announced DWD's intent to award the technical college $3,602,392 to train 856 additional workers in the following high-demand areas:

“We are very pleased to accept the Blueprint for Prosperity grant funding for this wide range of projects that will focus on developing more people with the technical skills needed in our regional economy," said FVTC President Dr. Susan May. "Fox Valley Technical College works diligently to expand its training capacity as needed and will apply these welcomed resources in addressing industry needs in several high demand fields.”

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:

Technical colleges submitted initial lists of programs for grant consideration earlier this year. DWD developed objective, data-driven measurement tools to validate wait lists for grant eligibility purposes, evaluate each technical college's funding request, make award decisions, and include accountability measures to protect taxpayers' investment.

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