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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

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Up to $500,000 in Wisconsin Fast Forward Grants to Prepare Youth for Advanced Manufacturing Careers

Funds support technical education equipment costs for Wisconsin school districts

MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen today announced up to $500,000 in new Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) grants to help Wisconsin school districts fund necessary technical education equipment to prepare youth for careers in advanced manufacturing.

"Governor Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward program continues to fund innovative worker training solutions to help Wisconsin businesses address the need for highly skilled workers now and in the future," said Secretary Allen. "New technical education equipment grants enable school districts to provide more youth with the necessary skills training to accelerate their transition into the workforce and fill good-paying, high-demand jobs in Wisconsin's growing advanced manufacturing industry."

The grants are intended to reimburse school districts for purchase and installation of equipment that provide youth with vocational training and technical education in advanced manufacturing fields, including costs for equipment operation software and instructional materials to train students. Funds also may be used to pay for technical education building modifications to accommodate the equipment and support advanced manufacturing technical education programs.

Details on who is eligible to apply, application deadlines and award amounts:

Advanced Manufacturing Technical Education Equipment
Grant Program Announcement (GPA):

School districts must provide matching funds equal to 200 percent of the grant award for related project expenses.

Under Governor Walker's leadership, Wisconsin has invested over $200 million over the past four years and over $140 million in the current biennial budget to support workforce development, including additional support to expand the WFF program.

Application materials for the Advanced Manufacturing Technical Education Equipment GPA are available at: http://wisconsinfastforward.com/wff_standard.htm

For more information about the WFF program

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