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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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DWD Deputy Secretary Maxwell Tours Marshfield Employers to Highlight Area's Youth Apprenticeship Program

Talent development programs address employers' need for skilled workers, advance economy

MARSHFIELD – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell visited the Marshfield Chamber of Commerce to highlight Youth Apprenticeship (YA) as a talent development program being utilized by area employers to fulfill their need for skilled workers. Her visit was followed by a tour of area employers that utilize the YA program.

Deputy Secretary Maxwell's visit follows Career Development Month, which Governor Walker proclaimed for the month of November to raise awareness of programs like YA, career and technical education, career pathways and dual enrollment to help students, teachers, parents, counselors and others learn more about prospects for in-demand occupations.

During her visit, Deputy Secretary Maxwell met with students, educators, counselors, local workforce and education partners, and local technical college representatives. After visiting with the Chamber, Deputy Secretary Maxwell toured two Marshfield-area YA employers: Central City Credit Union and Staab Construction.

"It is vital that we continue to build awareness of innovative programs and partnerships across Wisconsin that are supporting career development in our schools and preparing students for a bright future," Deputy Secretary Maxwell said. "Northern Wisconsin has a best practice for innovative programs such as the Youth Apprenticeship collaboration between local educators, employers and the technical college in the Marshfield area. We encourage other employers and workforce stakeholders to study this partnership as they consider ways to develop skilled talent in their areas."

This year, the Youth Apprenticeship Central Wisconsin Consortium has 32 enrollees with 27 employers across nine program areas including Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, Architecture & Construction, Finance, Health Services, Hospitality, Lodging & Tourism, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM), and Transportation, Distribution & Logistics.

Read the Governor's Proclamation for Career Development Month.

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