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
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
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ICYMI: Wisconsin Fast Forward Worker Training Program Gets Results
95 percent of WCTC Dual Enrollment Academy graduate, 83 percent employed
Waukesha – Officials with Waukesha County Technical College's (WCTC) Dual Enrollment Academy reported that 95 percent of this year's trainees graduated from the program, and 83 percent of the graduates gained employment upon graduation.
The Academy is funded through a school-to-work grant awarded through Governor Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) - Blueprint for Prosperity initiative. The program allows high school students to earn technical college-level training while they develop in-demand skills to enter the workforce. Participating students received technical college credits along with valuable worksite experience.
During the graduation ceremony on Tuesday, June 2, WCTC cited metrics covering this year's group of 40 students who graduated. Highlights include:
- 40 of 42 students who began the program last fall graduated - 95% graduation rate.
- 35 graduates are employed – 83% employment rate. The other five are pursuing other plans, including two who are attending four-year colleges.
- Many graduates noted they are moving on to 2-year or 4-year degree programs.
- 13 National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certificates awarded to the students in the manufacturing programs.
- Several students in the printing and publishing program attended a national competition in North Carolina and garnered national scholarships.
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) awarded three southeast Wisconsin businesses WFF grants to expand training opportunities for high school students through the WCTC Dual Enrollment Academy:
- CL&D Graphics in Oconomowoc received a grant of $120,100 for its Printing and Packaging project to train 18 high school students in commercial printing. Successful trainees gained credentials in commercial printing with potential of placement at CL&D and two other local businesses.
- Bruno Independent Living Aids, Inc. in Oconomowoc received a grant of $128,344 for its Metal Fabrication/Welding project to train 18 high school students in welding/metal fabrication. Successful trainees gained credentials in Welder Fabricator Level 1 & 2 with the potential of placement at Bruno Independent Living Aids, Inc. and four other local businesses.
- Trace-A-Matic Corporation in Brookfield received a grant of $130,000 for its CNC Machining/Tool and Die project to train 18 high school students. Successful trainees will gain CNC Level 1 & 2 and National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials with the potential of placement at Trace-A-Matic and four other local businesses.
For more information: http://wisconsinfastforward.com/prosperity/
Student testimonials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5Cp1dmW1vw