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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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Secretary Newson Visits Algoma High School for Career and Technical Education Month

ALGOMA – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie visited Algoma High School's Lakeview Regional Technical Academy as part of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. Governor Walker proclaimed February as CTE Month to highlight CTE programs that provide lifelong skills and a head start towards promising careers.

"The Lakeview Regional Technical Academy at Algoma High School is an excellent example of partners coming together to benefit students, employers and the overall economy," Secretary Newson said. "Career and technical education provides students with options in a diverse and growing economy. The skills learned and the credit gained will stay with each student as they choose which career path is right for them."

Throughout the month, state leaders have showcased innovative school-to-work programs and the career opportunities for high school students who attend technical school for short-term training or a two-year degree.

Last year, DWD awarded Lakeview Regional Technical Academy at Algoma High School a Wisconsin Fast Forward- Blueprint for Prosperity school-to-work grant of $28,863 for its Manufacturing Skills project to train 10 high school students as Machine Tool CNC Technicians and Machine Tool Operators in partnership with 3 local businesses and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). Successful trainees will receive National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certification for Machining Level I, II or III and will be provided placement opportunities at 3 local businesses.

"Providing students the ability to explore CTE is an invaluable experience," said State Superintendent Tony Evers. "Whether those students elect to continue their education through a two or four year degree, or directly enter the workforce, the skills and knowledge they gain through CTE coursework directly benefits their post-secondary pathway. I am proud of Algoma School District’s efforts to give their kids this opportunity."

At Algoma, Secretary Newson joined school administrators, students and technical college instructors for a tour of the Lakeview Regional Technical Academy as students shared an overview of ongoing or completed projects.

"The experience of having students develop the skills necessary to fabricate a part so precisely that it meets industry standards - has a certain “wow” factor for everyone involved," said Algoma CTE director Jacqueline Hendrickson. "The model of pupils as experts, originating at Algoma High School, has proven training which leads directly to a viable and exciting career in manufacturing can begin before graduation. As a center for educational innovation, we will continue engaging in practices that utilize work as a tested means of collaboration."

"NWTC and Algoma School District launched the Lakeview Regional Technical Academy in September of 2013," said NWTC President Dr. Jeff Rafn. "The focus of the partnership has been focused on the development and expansion of the Manufacturing career pathway. Algoma School District recognizes the value of bringing education and business/industry together. This intentional approach allows students to begin college early and develop relationships with community industry partners that they might consider for future employment. This reveals educational paths and career options that students can pursue in their own community."

For more information: Contact your local school district or technical college to learn more about CTE programs in your area, or visit http://www.wtcsystem.edu/initiatives, https://dpi.wi.gov/cte, or http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/.

Visit www.wisconsinfastforward.com for more information on the Wisconsin Fast Forward grant program.

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