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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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Secretary Newson Highlights Governor's Workforce Investments at Racine Community Discussion on Workforce Pipeline

Cites Governor Walker's investments in Youth Apprenticeship, Dual Enrollment Opportunities

STURTEVANT – At a meeting with Racine-area business and education leaders today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson highlighted Governor Walker's strategic investments to increase training opportunities for Wisconsin workers, and help employers in southeast Wisconsin and across the state access a talent pipeline with the skills they need to fill openings.

"In the current biennium, Governor Walker has invested more than $135 million in workforce development throughout Wisconsin," Secretary Newson said. "This has led to the expansion of programs such as Youth Apprenticeship and the creation of programs like Wisconsin Fast Forward. These initiatives involve many partners and we are pleased that they are now happening in communities all across our state."

During a panel discussion focused on the talent pipeline, Secretary Newson said the investments included $500,000 more per year for Youth Apprenticeship, bringing the total awarded to local workforce development partners to $2.2 million this year.

An expansion of Wisconsin Fast Forward-Blueprint for Prosperity provided $35.4 million in worker training funding, including resources to expand innovative dual enrollment programs that enable high school students to take technical college courses as they build skills for high-demand occupations.

The Racine County Economic Development Corporation sponsored the panel discussion, one in a series of Manufacturing Month events for Secretary Newson. Among panelists joining him were Gateway Technical College President Bryan Albrecht and Racine County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Jenny Trick.

Secretary Newson noted that the Governor has proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month and encouraged manufacturing businesses, technical colleges, and other partners to open their doors for tours, open houses and other events to highlight the great career opportunities that are available to individuals in manufacturing.

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