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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson Highlights Governor Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward Initiative during Visit to Racine Employer

Society's Assets among 6 organizations taking part in $82,418 training grant

RACINE – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today cited Society's Assets of Racine as an example of how Governor Walker's visionary Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) initiative is having positive impacts on workers, their families and employers in communities across Wisconsin.

"Governor Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward initiative focuses resources on customized, employer-driven training that allows workers to build the skills needed to fill job openings today," Secretary Newson said. "These grants support collaborations between employers, training providers and other stakeholders to advance Wisconsin's economy."

On Secretary Newson's behalf, DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson visited Society's Assets, which is one of 6 home health care organizations collaborating with the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc. on a WFF funded, customized worker training grant. A total of 20 workers will be taught the skills needed to train another 1,025 incumbent workers with new skills in dementia care and direct care competencies as a result of the recently awarded $82,418 WFF grant.

Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson joined executives and other members of the Society's Assets team on a tour of the facility. He also urged other employers and potential partners in training projects to submit proposals for a recently announced third round of Wisconsin Fast Forward grants.

Based on a comprehensive analysis of pressing workforce needs, the DWD Office of Skills Development (OSD) set the following categories, each with separate 2014 application deadlines and a range of possible grant awards:

Early last year, Governor Walker proposed the WFF initiative, which lawmakers quickly approved with overwhelming bipartisan support. WFF encourages partnerships between employers and workforce and economic development organizations.

WFF targets funding to meet pressing needs for skilled workers and it includes accountability measures to ensure the state funds are well spent. The Office of Skills Development administers the program and monitors funded projects to ensure that unemployed trainees are hired and incumbent trainees receive a pay increase.

For additional third round details, visit: http://wisconsinfastforward.com/announcements.htm

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