Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary
Department of Workforce Development
201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 20, 2014
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DWD Secretary Highlights Governor's Workforce Agenda in Wausau
During presentation at Wausau Rotary, Secretary cites successes in Mosinee, Wausau
WAUSAU – During a presentation today to members of the Wausau Rotary, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson showcased examples of Central Wisconsin employers and workers who are reaping the economic rewards from Governor Walker's comprehensive agenda to prepare Wisconsinites for jobs that companies have available today.
"Our successes with Linetec in Wausau and Mosinee Storage in Mosinee are reflective of the collaborative efforts to connect skilled workers with job openings in communities across Wisconsin," Secretary Newson said. "From Menomonie to Waukesha, we are helping workers throughout the state develop the skills that employers need to fill open positions so they can support themselves and their families."
Secretary Newson addressed the Wausau Rotary at the Jefferson Inn during the organization's luncheon meeting. During his presentation, he highlighted examples of the more than $135 million that Governor Walker has invested in workforce development during the 2013-15 biennium. Some of the cited success stories include:
- Several permanent hires of persons with disabilities at Mosinee Cold Storage in Mosinee thanks to collaborations between the employer and DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). Governor Walker proclaimed 2014 as Year of A Better Bottom Line to encourage more employers to hire job seekers with disabilities, and he proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month.
- A partnership between DVR and Linetec of Wausau that led to the hire earlier this year of an individual as a lab technician, who was the manufacturer's first DVR hire. Governor Walker also proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month to highlight the importance of the industry to Wisconsin's economy.
- A collaboration that helped three employers west of Menomonie garner grant support from Governor Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training program to deliver plastic injection mold training for over 50 individuals including unemployed individuals.
- A $1.39 million grant as part of Governor Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward-Blueprint for Prosperity initiative to reduce wait lists at Waukesha County Technical College by supporting the training of up to 150 students in high-demand industries.
Some of the many elements of Governor Walker's $135 million workforce development agenda include: $15 million in worker training grants for Wisconsin Fast Forward; $35.4 million in funds to reduce technical college wait lists, expand school-to-work programs and support employment for persons with disabilities as part of Wisconsin Fast Forward-Blueprint for Prosperity; and additional support for DVR programs, Youth Apprenticeship, Registered Apprenticeship and other proven solutions to connect job seekers with employment opportunities.
The latest available monthly data shows Wisconsin's unemployment rate reached a new post-Recession low at 5.5% in September and added 8,400 private sector jobs from August.