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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

Thursday, April 30, 2015
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DWD Secretary Newson Delivers Remarks at Annual Partners in Education Celebration in Hudson

HUDSON – Today, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson delivered remarks to students, educators, and employers at Hudson School District's Annual Partners in Education celebration. The event celebrates school-to-work collaborations, including Youth Apprenticeship (YA) programs and the Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) high school pupil worker training grant program.

"Under Governor Walker, we have seen the expansion of talent development programs such as Youth Apprenticeship and the creation of programs like Wisconsin Fast Forward," Secretary Newson said. "These initiatives are vital to the strength of our economy and are putting students on the path to a successful and rewarding career."

Through YA and WFF, Hudson School District is extremely active in exposing their students to the many opportunities that the Wisconsin economy has to offer.

Hudson School District is part of the St. Croix Valley YA Regional Consortium which includes 9 of the 10 statewide program area offerings:

In the first round of WFF Blueprint for Prosperity High School Pupil grants, DWD awarded the Hudson School District $108,497 for its "Accelerating Youth Career Readiness" project. Collaborating organizations include Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, three school districts, CESA 11, and West Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board. In the project, 80 high school students will be trained for careers as nursing assistants or in the hospitality-lodging-tourism or construction fields. Successful trainees will gain certification in OSHA 10, First Aid and CPR, Employability Skills, ServSafe and entry into a Youth Apprenticeship program as well as placement opportunities for employment at eight local businesses.

Earlier this month, as part the second round of WFF Blueprint for Prosperity High School Pupil grants, DWD awarded Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Shell Lake a grant of $96,631 for its Dual Enrollment Welding Academy project. The project will train 16 high school students in entry level welding occupations. This project will be done in partnerships with CESA 11, West Central Wisconsin Workforce Resource, seven area schools, including Hudson School District, and three local businesses. Successful trainees will obtain certifications in Shielded Metal Arc Welding and Gas Metal Arc Welding (Wisconsin Technical College System state-approved short term technical diplomas), and be provided employment placement opportunities at local businesses.

To learn more about Youth Apprenticeship, visit: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/youthapprenticeship/

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


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