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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Thursday, November 19, 2015
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DWD Secretary Tours Career Development Programs at DC Everest

Governor Walker Proclaimed November as Career Development Month in Wisconsin

WESTON – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson visited DC Everest High School in Weston to highlight Career Development Month, which Governor Walker proclaimed for the month of November. During his visit, Secretary Newson met with students, educators, counselors, local workforce and education partners, and local technical college representatives.

"This month we are raising awareness of innovative programs and partnerships across Wisconsin that are supporting career development in our schools and preparing students for a bright future," Secretary Newson said. "The great work being done with students at DC Everest High School is reflective of the collaborations under way in Central Wisconsin and beyond to develop the workforce, address employers' needs for skilled talent, and grow the economy."

DC Everest has a robust Career and Technical Education (CTE) program from which over 300 students graduated last year having earned over 1,000 credits. The school is a member of the North Central Wisconsin School-to-Career consortium managed by the Northcentral Technical College (NTC). The consortium administers DWD's Youth Apprenticeship program in the area.

NTC was also awarded a High School Pupil grant under the Governor's Wisconsin Fast Forward-Blueprint for Prosperity worker training initiative to help students at DC Everest and other schools in the region earn industry-recognized certification and explore post-program employment opportunities.

"Investing in the young people of our community is an investment in our future," said Dr. Lori Weyers, Northcentral Technical College President. "By partnering with our local school districts, employers, workforce development boards and the Department of Workforce Development, we can create the first step in these students career pathways; preparing them for their future careers."

Secretary Newson and Dr. Weyers toured several different displays from CTE students including manufacturing projects, business product prototypes, and a Habitat for Humanity project that has students building a home. The students demonstrated the different skills they were acquiring as part of these hands-on career development programs offered at DC Everest High School.

As part of Career Development month, DWD is highlighting programs like CTE, Career Pathways, Dual Enrollment, Youth Apprenticeship and other programs to help students, teachers, parents, counselors and others learn more about prospects for in-demand occupations.

Read the Governor's Proclamation for Career Development Month.

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