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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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DWD Deputy Secretary Celebrates Apprenticeship Week in Madison Area

Governor Walker proclaimed Nov. 2-8 Apprenticeship Week in Wisconsin

MADISON – Madison College recently hosted an open house event to celebrate Apprenticeship Week, which Governor Walker proclaimed for the week of November 2 in Wisconsin. During the event, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell spoke about the importance of the state's Registered Apprenticeship to the state's economy and noted Madison College is a valued training partner.

"Wisconsin's Registered Apprenticeship program has trained generations of Wisconsinites for family-supporting careers, and its success is made possible through partners such as Madison College," Deputy Secretary Maxwell said. "We look forward to strengthening collaborations with educators, businesses, community agencies and other partners to equip future generations of workers with the skills needed to meet employers' talent demands through effective programs like Apprenticeship."

The week of November 2 was also named National Apprenticeship Week, giving states across the country the opportunity to build awareness of their apprenticeship programs. Currently, Wisconsin Apprenticeship includes 2,352 employers and 8,844 apprentices in over 200 occupations.

Madison College partners with Operation Fresh Start, a Madison-based youth employment and training organization, to offer courses needed for certification. During the November 5 open house event at Madison College, Deputy Secretary and other guests met with Operation Fresh Start's Graduate Crew. The Graduate Crew includes a professional construction contractor and several former Pathway participants from Operation Fresh Start who work on an advanced construction crew.

"Wisconsin has one of the premier apprenticeship training programs in the country," said Denise Reimer, Dean of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology at Madison College. "Apprenticeship is a partnership between industry, government and education that benefits our communities with highly skilled individuals. Our students are earning a family supporting wage on the job while learning specialized skills."

Governor Walker is a strong supporter of the Wisconsin Apprenticeship program and included funding for the program in the 2015-17 biennial budget he signed last summer. Under the Governor's leadership, DWD has taken steps to modernize and reinforce the state's Registered Apprenticeship program as a national model. In April 2015, DWD presented the 2015 Wisconsin Apprenticeship Summit action plan, which culminated the work of state, national and international experts who convened in January 2015 at a summit that was facilitated by the National Governors Association (NGA) to focus on apprenticeship strategies and recommendations.

In September, DWD was awarded a $5 million grant by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for the Wisconsin Apprenticeship Growth and Enhancement Strategies (WAGE$) project. Under the WAGE$ initiative, DWD's Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) will register new apprenticeships in 12 high-growth occupations in the Advanced Manufacturing, HealthCare, and IT industries, and the project will expand upon other existing programs.

For more information on Wisconsin's Registered Apprenticeship program, visit: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/apprenticeship/

Read the Governor's Proclamation

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