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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
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Thursday, April 23, 2015
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Wisconsin Fast Forward Worker Training Program Highlighted in Rice Lake

Rice Lake Weighing Systems currently delivering in-demand worker training to employees

RICE LAKE – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary David Anderson today toured Rice Lake Weighing Systems in Rice Lake and met with employees who are being trained with new skills thanks to the Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) worker training grant program.

"Thanks to the vision of Governor Walker and the support of the state Legislature, the Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training program is helping employers train employees with skills that meet specific industry needs," Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson said. "We are pleased that employers like Rice Lake Weighing Systems are taking advantage of this opportunity to invest in their workers, which strengthens the workforce and supports our growing Wisconsin economy."

DWD awarded Rice Lake Weighing Systems a $78,795 grant to develop a multi-level welding skills program to provide skills enhancement training to 53 incumbent workers and 38 new hires.

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 across the state.

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

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