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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

Thursday, February 12, 2015
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
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Weekly Radio Address: Career and Technical Education Month

Madison – Today, Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson is highlighting Career and Technical Education Month in the Weekly Radio Address.

Hi, this is Secretary Reggie Newson here on behalf of Governor Walker,

We have heard for decades that career success requires a four-year degree. While important, our businesses also require highly trained skilled labor to fill good-paying, in-demand jobs that offer rewarding careers.

To this end, Governor Walker has proclaimed February as Career and Technical Education Month in Wisconsin.

During this month, we want parents, educators, employers and community leaders to learn more about the pathways available for youth to explore and achieve postsecondary education and career goals.

Governor Walker understands that talent development requires strong career and technical education programs.

Through his leadership, the state has made strategic investments to close the skills gap and expand access to quality dual-enrollment and work-based learning opportunities. These are opportunities that fuel business and grow Wisconsin's economy.

As I travel across Wisconsin this month, I look forward to visiting school-to-work and technical college sites, and meeting students and parents who are excelling academically and in the workplace because of their participation.

These are the successful career and technical education programs that will ensure a robust pipeline of workers for years to come.

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