Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary
Department of Workforce Development
201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 13, 2015
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DWD Secretary Highlights Governor's Workforce Agenda in Waukesha
WAUKESHA – During a presentation today to members of the Waukesha Rotary, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson highlighted programs in which employers and workers are reaping the economic rewards of Governor Walker's comprehensive workforce agenda, resulting in a stronger Wisconsin economy.
"In Waukesha County and other regions across Wisconsin, thousands of workers are developing the skills needed for good-paying jobs that employers have available today, thanks to the investments being made under Governor Walker's leadership," Secretary Newson said during the Rotary's luncheon meeting. "At the same time, employers are finding the talent they need to expand and stay competitive in the global economy."
Secretary Newson cited examples of the more than $100 million that Governor Walker has invested in workforce development during the 2013-15 budget cycle, such as:
- $15 million in worker training grants for the Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training program.
- The $35.4 million expansion to Wisconsin Fast Forward to reduce technical college wait lists, expand school-to-work programs and support employment for persons with disabilities
- Additional funding support for vocational rehabilitation programs, Youth Apprenticeship, Registered Apprenticeship and other proven solutions to connect job seekers with employment opportunities.
Governor Walker's proposed 2015-17 State Budget includes several additional investments in Workforce Readiness Initiatives including:
- Expanding the Wisconsin Fast Forward grant program by $10.4 million over the biennium by bringing funding for several existing programs under the Wisconsin Fast Forward funding structure to increase flexibility and be more responsive to market demand.
- Maintaining state funding for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) to capture the full match of federal funds and help more DVR consumers reach their employment goals. DWD eliminated a wait list for consumers with significant disabilities in December 2014.
- New drug screening, testing and treatment mechanisms to assist and increase employability of individuals receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits, who are struggling with controlled substance abuse. The budget includes funding for substance abuse treatment.
For more information: www.dwd.wisconsin.gov