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Lt. Governor Kleefisch Celebrates Manufacturing Day at Madison College

MADISON – Today, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch celebrated Manufacturing Day by joining high students from Oregon High School for a tour of Madison College's "Made in Wisconsin" exhibit, as well as speaking with a welding class made possible through the Governor Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward Blueprint for Prosperity training grant initiative.

Lt. Governor Kleefisch was joined at Madison College by Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson and multiple high school students in celebration of national Manufacturing Day as well as honoring Governor Walker proclaiming October as Manufacturing Month.

"Manufacturing is a vital industry in Wisconsin's growing economy," said Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. "Manufacturing jobs of today are high-tech, engaging, and challenging, and right now, in Wisconsin, there is a high demand for these skilled workers."

As part of Manufacturing Month, employers and industry partners have been encouraged to open their doors to students across Wisconsin. Madison College is hosting a month long exhibition recognizing the Wisconsin manufacturing industry by displaying products that are made here in Wisconsin. The exhibit is meant to attract students to the idea of manufacturing as an educational and career option.

"The workforce investments the administration has made are already seeing results," stated Secretary Reggie Newson. "Today, we visited a class of welders that would not be here without our targeted investments. We need to continue to address our workforce needs of today by training the workforce of tomorrow."

Afterwards, the Lt. Governor and Secretary Newson visited a welding class, where they was able to speak with students who previously had been on an enrollment wait list to gain access to valuable training and skills needed to work in the manufacturing industry.

Madison College was recently awarded just over $5 million in WFF-Blueprint for Prosperity funds to train 934 additional workers in multiple high-demand areas, including over $2.7 million to train 408 students in manufacturing related fields. The award to Madison College is part of $28 million in grants that Governor Walker announced in July for the Wisconsin Technical College System to increase enrollment in high-demand fields.

For more information on Manufacturing Month, please visit: www.wimanufacturingmonth.org

For more information on the Blueprint for Prosperity initiative, please visit: http://wisconsinfastforward.com/prosperity/

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