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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
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Lt. Governor Kleefisch, DWD Secretary Newson Participate in Ribbon-Cutting for Renovated Welding Center at Northcentral Technical College

Celebration occurs during Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin as proclaimed by Governor Walker

WAUSAU – Lt. Governor Kleefisch today commended Northcentral Technical College (NTC) and regional partners for a collaboration that resulted in a major renovation of NTC's Welding Lab to accommodate additional training and fill the need for skilled welders by manufacturers in Central and Northcentral Wisconsin.

"Today is a great day for job creators, educators and working families across the region as we recognize the opening of this state-of-the-art welding center, which will equip workers with the skills needed to fill good-paying jobs that manufacturers have available today," Lt. Governor Kleefisch said. "Manufacturing is critical to our state's economy, and our technical colleges, workforce partners and employers are working together to ensure a talent pipeline exists for manufacturers in the years to come."

The project included an 11,000-square-foot renovation of NTC's existing lab to provide additional capacity to train 120 students per year. The technical college is partnering with Miller Electric to supply equipment for the 24-hour lab.

"The newly remolded welding lab will expand learning opportunities for both students and businesses, allowing additional people to be trained in this high demand field," said Dr. Lori Weyers, President of NTC.

Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson joined Lt. Gov. Kleefisch at today's event, which occurred during Manufacturing Month as proclaimed by Governor Walker for October. Employers and industry partners are hosting events in October to spread the positive message of a career in the manufacturing industry.

"Manufacturing drives our economy and will continue to do so into the future," Secretary Newson said. "Already, the manufacturing industry employs almost 1 in 6 workers in Wisconsin. These are family sustaining jobs that pay over $10,000 more than the average private sector worker. We will continue to work with our partners to ensure that we are providing for the training that employers need."

Governor Walker in July visited NCT to announce DWD's intent to award the technical college over $2.26 million train 163 additional workers in diesel technician, manufacturing (including welding) and in information technology. The funding is part of $28 million in grants that the Governor announced as part of his Blueprint for Prosperity initiative to help Wisconsin technical college train more than 4,900 workers for jobs that employers need to fill. The funds support training activities and were not used to renovate the welding lab.

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


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