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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
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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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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DWD Announces Wisconsin Fast Forward Grant Recipients

Grant funding will serve 13 businesses in Wisconsin and train 63 workers

MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today announced the award of three grants totaling $247,614 in the Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) program. The award will serve 13 Wisconsin businesses and fund the training of 63 workers to provide them the skills that employers demand in today's 21st century economy.

"The Wisconsin Fast Forward program is an innovative talent development solution driven by Wisconsin businesses to train and retain highly skilled workers," said DWD Secretary Ray Allen. "I applaud these award recipients for cultivating a strong environment for private-sector job creation."

The grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Health Care

St. Camillus Health System, Inc.

DWD issued a grant of $168,364 to St. Camillus Health System, which has created a consortium of partners (Clement Manor, Franciscan Villa, Lutheran Home, and St. John's on the Lake) to team up with Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). Together they will train and educate 18 incumbent workers. Trainees will attend 752 hours of classroom training over three semesters, earning 19 college credits and a Licensed Practical Nurse certification.

Small Business

Hiram Power Electric

DWD issued a grant of $29,250 to Hiram Power Electric, which will train 10 incumbent new hire workers. Depending on their existing skill set, trainees will complete more than eight weeks of training, totaling 320 hours. Included in the training is 3D Building Information Modeling, which is a software program that enables three-dimensional building layouts for more efficient planning and integration in the construction process.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish d/b/a Catholic Multicultural Center

DWD issued a grant of $50,000 to the Catholic Multicultural Center, which will train 35 unemployed trainees in the food service industry. Trainees will undergo 144 to 216 hours of culinary skills training. Additionally, trainees will have the opportunity to receive their ServeSafe certification as well as 42 hours of training in work readiness.

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