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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, October 15, 2015
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Secretary Newson Delivers Keynote Address at Northcentral Technical College Youth Apprenticeship Day

WAUSAU –Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson delivered the keynote address to both students and employers participating in Northcental Technical College's (NTC) Youth Apprenticeship (YA) Day event in Wausau.

"The Youth Apprenticeship program offers a career pathway to students across Wisconsin, including in the north-central region," Secretary Newson said. "Events like Youth Apprenticeship Day help high school students learn about our state's model Youth Apprenticeship program, which provides students with valuable work experience, the opportunity to develop in-demand skills, and earn technical college credit, all while attending high school."

The YA program integrates school-based and work-based learning to instruct students in employability and occupational skills. Students are simultaneously enrolled in academic classes to meet high school graduation requirements, in a YA-related instruction class, and are employed by a participating employer under the supervision of a skilled mentor.

In August, Governor Walker announced $2.2 million in YA grant awards to 32 regional consortiums to sustain and expand local, in-demand training opportunities for approximately 2,500 high school students across Wisconsin for the 2015-16 school year.

In the 2014-15 school year, YA grant awards supported work-based learning opportunities at nearly 1,800 businesses across 10 career clusters for more than 2,500 youth. The graduation rate for eligible youth apprentices was 84% last year. Additionally, 76% of the two-year graduates were offered employment opportunities.

The Harvard Graduate School of Education recognized Wisconsin's YA Program as an "Exemplar of Employer Engagement" in the 2011 Pathways to Prosperity report. The report noted the high number of YA graduates who receive a post-secondary degree and are employed after high school. The report also noted that 98% of employers would recommend the program to fellow employers.

During today's event at NTC in Wausau, over 100 area junior and seniors participated in a tour of the technical college campus, and attended breakout sessions focused on learning what it takes to enter the professional workforce.

For more information about Youth Apprenticeship, visit: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/youthapprenticeship/

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