Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary
Department of Workforce Development
201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
On the Web: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwd/news.htm
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WIWorkforce
On Twitter: @WIWorkforce
DWD Leadership Highlights Workforce Initiatives in Southwest Wisconsin for "Cabinet on the Road"
MADISON – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen and Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell highlighted workforce initiatives during a visit to Southwest Wisconsin as part of Governor Walker's Cabinet on the Road tour.
"Under Governor Walker's leadership, strategic investments in workforce development are keeping our economy expanding and moving forward," Secretary Allen said. "Today, we met with educators, employers, and employees across Southwest Wisconsin who are benefitting from the investments Wisconsin has made to strengthen and expand our workforce."
During the Governor's Cabinet on the Road tour cabinet officials from many of Wisconsin's largest agencies made visits across Southwest Wisconsin. On the tour, DWD made four stops including:
- Secretary Ray Allen visited Southwest Wisconsin Technical
College (SWTC) in Fennimore to highlight grant funding awarded
through Governor Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward-Blueprint for
Prosperity initiative to reduce SWTC's waitlist for training in
high-demand occupations. During the visit, Secretary Allen and
DWD staff presented a brief demonstration of enhanced online
features available through
SWTC President Jason Wood shared his thoughts about the grant program: “At Southwest Tech we invest Fast Forward grants in student success. The funds provide us the ability to offer programs of excellence in nursing and welding, which support our local economy.”
- Deputy Secretary Maxwell visited Rockwell Automation and
Richland Utilities in Richland Center, where she highlighted
both companies' efforts to connect local high school students
with on-the-job training through
DWD's Youth Apprenticeship program.
- Deputy Secretary Maxwell also visited the Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Darlington to highlight the company's efforts to recruit and hire employees with disabilities through DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).
For more information on any of these DWD visits or programs, please contact the DWD Communications Office at http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwd/news.htm.