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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
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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Secretary Newson Attends Utility Preview Day, Celebrates Energy Partnership

Governor Walker proclaimed October 13-19 as Careers in Energy Week across Wisconsin

GREEN BAY – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson spoke at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College's (NWTC) Utility Preview Day where he presented the Governor's Careers in Energy Week proclamation to the Wisconsin Energy Workforce Consortium (WEWC).

"Energy is vital to our economy and a fundamental part of our lives," Secretary Newson said. "This week is about highlighting the many careers that energy brings to Wisconsin as well as spreading the message that this is a thriving industry in need of highly skilled and talented workers."

For Utility Preview Day, NWTC invites local students and their parents to visit the campus to see firsthand demonstrations of the energy courses and careers that are available in Wisconsin. Students will get the chance to talk to current enrollees as well as industry employers.

Since 2013, DWD has been a member of the WEWC and shares its goal of identifying and developing programmatic solutions to meet the current and future workforce needs of the energy industry in Wisconsin. Both Careers in Energy Week and the Utility Preview Day are a part of this effort.

Since taking office, Governor Walker has invested over $100 million in worker training. These targeted investments in our workforce with programs such as Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) will allow Wisconsin employers to train local workers to meet industry demands. WFF and its expansion through the Blueprint for Prosperity initiative will keep employers competitive and thriving, all while training workers with lifelong skills that will make them more employable into the future.

Governor Walker's proclamation is attached.

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