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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

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Friday, September 5, 2014
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Blueprint for Prosperity: DWD Deputy Secretary Visits Employers, Trainees Taking Part in Governor's Wisconsin Fast Forward Training Initiative

OCONOMOWOC – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today said Governor Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) worker training program is building a skilled workforce across Wisconsin. He noted as examples the innovative school-to-work partnerships in place at two Oconomowoc businesses as part of the WFF-Blueprint for Prosperity initiative.

"By providing high school students with the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certifications in high-demand fields, we are training our next generation of workers and addressing businesses' need for skilled workers at the same time," Secretary Newson said. "These kinds of initiatives require involvement by many partners and we are pleased that they are now happening in communities all across our state."

DWD announced a $120,100 Blueprint for Prosperity High School Pupil grant to CL&D Graphics for their Printing and Packaging Dual Enrollment Program and a $128,344 Blueprint for Prosperity High School Pupil grant to Bruno Independent Living Aids for their Metal Fabrication/Welding Dual Enrollment Program. The programs will help support the training of high school students in partnership with Waukesha County Technical College (WTCS), local school districts and other local businesses.

The two grants are among 30 that DWD recently announced as part of the Governor's Blueprint for Prosperity initiative and total $2.1 million to develop or expand innovative programs that prepare high school pupils for the workforce or post-secondary education. The training focuses on high-demand fields. The grants cover training for up to 949 high school pupils across the state and could involve employment at up to 153 employers.

Governor Walker's Blueprint for Prosperity is a comprehensive agenda to provide tax relief and invest in worker training to move Wisconsin along a path to prosperity. The plan includes $35.4 million to expand the Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training program into three key areas, including increasing industry-recognized certifications in high-demand fields for high school students.

On Secretary Newson's behalf, Deputy Secretary Jonathan Barry visited CL&D Graphics and Bruno Independent Living Aids, Inc., both Oconomowoc manufacturers.

"CL&D is pleased to partner with WCTC and area high schools to train students to enter the workforce after one year with technical expertise that puts them ahead of other applicants," said President Mike Dowling. "It is our hope that students will learn about print and embrace a job in the fast growing packaging industry with CL&D, a leader in "Building Brands Through Packaging."

"Bruno is excited to be a partner in WCTC’s Dual Enrollment Academy that allows high school seniors to receive training in metal fabrication and welding," said Bruno Independent Living Aids Vice President of Operations Tom Jacobson. "By having high schools, technical colleges and businesses work together, manufacturers can ensure a pipeline of skilled workers for Wisconsin’s future."

For additional Blueprint for Prosperity details, visit: http://wisconsinfastforward.com/prosperity/

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