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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

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Friday, March 20, 2015
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DWD Secretary Newson Announces Request for Proposals for Nationally Regarded Youth Apprenticeship Program

$2.2 million in Youth Apprenticeship grants available for 2015–16 school year

MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today announced the availability of up to $2.2 million in grants to sustain and expand local Youth Apprenticeship (YA) efforts across the state.

"Governor Walker supports Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship program as a key talent development strategy that prepares students for postsecondary education and employment success," said Secretary Newson. "It is a valuable career pathway that effectively transitions students from academics to the workforce while earning college credit, state skill certification, and real world work experience."

DWD provided Wisconsin youth with expanded access to quality dual-enrollment and work-based learning opportunities through targeted state investments totaling $2.2 million for YA in 2014. Funding supports work-based learning opportunities at nearly 1,800 businesses across 10 career clusters for more than 2,500 youth who were paid an average wage of $10.02 per hour to graduate on track and learn job skills. The top three program areas for participation were: Manufacturing with 558 enrollees; Health Services with 490 enrollees; and Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources with 452 enrollees.

YA is authorized by state statute to help high school students who thrive in a hands-on learning environment gain academic and technical instruction with mentored on-the-job training in an occupational area of interest over 1 or 2 years. Regional consortiums apply to operate local YA programs. State General Purpose Revenue makes competitive grants available to regional and school-based coordinators to support student and employer mentor recruitment, education, training and evaluation.

YA grant funding is available to consortiums that may include school districts, employers, chambers of commerce, technical colleges, University of Wisconsin colleges, registered apprenticeship programs, labor unions and other non-profit organizations. The deadline to submit applications for the 2015-16 school year is Friday, April 17 at 4:30 p.m.

Request for Proposal document: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/youthapprenticeship/rfp.htm

For more information on Youth Apprenticeship: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/youthapprenticeship/

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