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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Governor Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward Initiative Holds Round 3 Grant Application Trainings

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) - Office of Skills Development (OSD) will hold four grant application training sessions for employers, training partners and workforce and economic development organizations that are interested in applying for Round 3 grant funds through Governor Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) initiative.

In-Person Trainings: Wednesday, August 27, 2014: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Thompson Commerce Building
201 West Washington Avenue, HR Room, Madison, WI

Space is limited to 20 people per session.

Webinars: Thursday, September 4, 2014: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. or
Thursday, September 11, 2014:
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

To complete the required pre-registration for either session, visit: Instructions on accessing the webinar will be forwarded to registrants prior to the session.

"Grant application training sessions for Governor Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward initiative provide employers and their training partners with an opportunity to learn about the grant and the criterion that is required for a successful application," says DWD Secretary Reggie Newson. "In-person trainings and webinars have been coordinated to accommodate busy schedules. I strongly encourage businesses with current customized skills training needs to participate by registering today."

Based on a comprehensive analysis of pressing workforce needs, the 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 OSD 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:

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