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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

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Thursday, March 19, 2015
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Developing our Workforce: DWD Secretary Visits New Berlin Students Taking Part in Governor's Wisconsin Fast Forward Training Initiative

NEW BERLIN – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today visited New Berlin Eisenhower High School students taking part in a Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) Blueprint for Prosperity school-to-work program centered on Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training.

"Today, I met with students, instructors and industry partners who are taking part in this innovative program," Secretary Reggie Newson said. "These students will have the opportunity to gain both high school and technical college credit, while gaining real world experience and working toward certification in a high-demand occupation."

DWD previously announced its intent to award the School District of New Berlin a grant of $27,990 for its Certified Nursing Assistant project to train 20 high school students for careers as nursing assistants. Successful trainees will receive CNA Certification and credits at Waukesha County Technical College and will be provided placement opportunities at multiple local businesses.

The grant is among 30 that DWD announced as part of the Governor's WFF-Blueprint for Prosperity initiative and total $2.1 million to develop or expand innovative programs that prepare high school pupils for the workforce or post-secondary education. The training focuses on high-demand fields. The grants cover training for up to 949 high school pupils across the state and could involve employment at up to 153 employers.

Governor Walker's WFF-Blueprint for Prosperity initiative, announced last year, included $35.4 million to expand the WFF worker training program into three key areas, including increasing industry-recognized certifications in high-demand fields for high school students.

For additional Blueprint for Prosperity details, visit: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/wff/prosperity/

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