Department of Workforce Development
201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
On the Web: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwd/news.htm
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Governor Walker Proclaims September as Workforce Development Month
DWD, Workforce Development Areas recognize successes of Wisconsin's workforce development system
MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today announced Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed September as Workforce Development Month in Wisconsin. The month recognizes the role that Wisconsin's workforce development system plays in preparing workers and students for family-sustaining careers in Wisconsin.
"The strength of Wisconsin's economy and continued prosperity rests in its workers," said Secretary Newson. "The $135 million investment Governor Walker has made in Wisconsin's workforce reinforces the need for skilled workers to fill job openings in high-demand, high-tech fields. We need to do everything we can to ensure employers have the talented workers they need to fill good-paying jobs, which in turn benefits working families throughout Wisconsin."
DWD is the state's lead talent development agency, working collaboratively with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the Wisconsin Technical College System, Department of Public Instruction, University of Wisconsin (UW) System, Wisconsin Workforce Development Association, Wisconsin's 11 workforce development boards, and other stakeholders to equip Wisconsin's workforce with the skills needed for today's in-demand careers.
The Governor has prioritized talent development, investing more than $135 million in resources for worker training at DWD, Wisconsin's technical colleges, and the UW system to ensure that workers can access training for in-demand skills and employers can identify and train workers to their specifications.
One example is the Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) worker training program, which has announced more than $6 million in awards to train more than 6,500 workers. In early 2014, Governor Walker expanded the WFF program under his Blueprint for Prosperity initiative to include an additional $35.4 million to reduce waiting lists at Wisconsin technical colleges, train high school students in high-demand fields, and enhance employment opportunities for workers with disabilities. DWD has already announced awards for high school students and wait list reduction totaling nearly $30 million to train thousands of technical college students and hundreds of high school students.
DWD leaders and regional workforce partners will recognize the month through a variety of events. Examples include:
- Secretary Newson will join local partners to highlight the Central Wisconsin Career Expo on September 16 in Stevens Point. The career expo builds on successful events that have been held in the Green Bay, Appleton and Milwaukee areas.
- DWD Deputy Secretary Jonathan Barry will attend the grand opening of the new La Crosse Job Center on September 18. The office brings together job service, vocational rehabilitation, and partner services in a single location, which will benefit both job seekers and employers.
To find your local workforce development board: http://www.wwda.org/
The Workforce Development Month proclamation can be accessed online.