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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

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015
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A Better Bottom Line: DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Visits Walmart Supercenter in Ladysmith to Highlight DVR Partnership

Meets local DVR consumer who is pursuing employment goal as store bakery employee

LADYSMITH – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson today toured the Walmart Supercenter in Ladysmith to learn more about the store's ongoing efforts to recruit and hire job seekers with disabilities.

The store partners with regional staff from DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), an agency that provides employment and training services to job seekers with disabilities, to fill open positions with qualified applicants with disabilities.

"Employers across Wisconsin see the strengths that job seekers with disabilities bring to the workplace and are giving these motivated and skilled workers an opportunity to achieve their employment goals and move toward greater independence," Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson said. "We applaud the Walmart Supercenter in Ladysmith for working proactively with our regional DVR staff to tap the skills and abilities of job seekers with disabilities to fill their talent needs.

In the last year, the Walmart Supercenter in Ladysmith has hired several DVR job seekers with disabilities including Yvonne Schoenebeck, who works there as a bakery assistant. Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson met Schoenebeck and store managers during his visit. He also met with local DVR staff including local Business Services Consultant Jeff Pooler and District Director Tom Draghi, who work with employers across the region to fill their talent needs.

A Better Bottom Line
Governor Walker launched the year of A Better Bottom Line initiative in 2014 in support of overcoming obstacles to employment for people with disabilities. A Better Bottom Line, tailored after Delaware Governor Jack Markell’s initiative with the National Governor’s Association, promotes employment opportunities for people with disabilities through recognition, education and investments in programs like DVR.

DVR actively serves 17,000 job seekers with disabilities and helped 4,875 consumers reach their employment goals during the most recent federal fiscal year.

For more information: Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

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