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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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Wisconsin Fast Forward Worker Training Program Highlighted in Schofield

Gordon Aluminum Industries, Inc. workers successfully complete in-demand worker training

SCHOFIELD – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary David Anderson, local elected officials, and workforce partners toured Gordon Aluminum Industries, Inc. to celebrate the successful completion of Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) employer in-demand worker training grant program.

"Governor Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training grant program is having a positive impact on the lives of working families across Wisconsin by helping them develop the skills that are in demand," Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson said. "For employers, programs like Wisconsin Fast Forward will increase their ability to stay competitive, which will move our state's economy forward."

DWD awarded a $191,935 Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training grant to train up to 140 incumbent workers employed at 15 Central Wisconsin businesses, including Gordon Aluminum Industries, Inc. The North Central Workforce Development Board (NCWWDB) is administering the grant as part of its Advanced Integrated Manufacturing project. Northcentral and Nicolet Technical Colleges will provide training in advanced blueprint reading and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.

"The manufacturing environment is rapidly becoming more technical, and that requires employers like us to help workers get the technical training they need to be successful in their jobs, so that we can be successful as a company," stated A.J. Gordon, President and CEO of Gordon Aluminum Industries, Inc. "Programs like Wisconsin Fast Forward are vital to training and maintaining a skilled workforce in small and medium sized businesses. WFF allows us to do exactly what that title implies - to put our training efforts in fast-forward."

The Wisconsin Fast Forward program addresses the skills gap through a $15 million investment in grants for customized, in-demand skills training to meet employers' needs to fill current employment opportunities and to develop on-going skill requirements. The program is administered by the Office of Skills Development, which has developed an effective process that enables businesses to easily apply for grants.

Wisconsin Fast Forward has awarded 145 grants to provide in-demand worker training to nearly 13,800 workers at more than 300 businesses.

To learn more about Wisconsin Fast Forward, visit: wisconsinfastforward.com

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