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Tony Evers, Governor
Caleb Frostman, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Thursday, July 25, 2019
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DWD Announces Recipients of Wisconsin Fast Forward Grants

Grants will support skills development and customized training for Wisconsin workers

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has awarded 10 Wisconsin Fast Forward grants to employers who have demonstrated a critical need for skilled workers. The training grants will be used to develop and implement training programs to upskill employees to fill the employment demands of growing and expanding employers.

DWD awarded more than $1.6 million to 10 Wisconsin employers, which will serve 11 businesses and at least 893 trainees across Wisconsin.

"The investment of grant awards simultaneously results in Wisconsin residents being better equipped for our current and future job market and provides our state's employers with a more skilled workforce," said DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman. "Strategically investing in transferable skills will help lift industries, communities and Wisconsin's economy."

The Wisconsin Fast Forward program encourages increased collaboration between Wisconsin’s workforce trainers and employers to develop and execute business-led training programs. These training programs are designed to provide sustainable, short- and medium-term training and placement of workers in positions that offer trainees long-term professional growth and economic opportunity.

The grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Dane County Department of Human Services - Children, Youth & Families and Centro Hispano – DWD issued a grant of $63,040.19.

Sand Valley – DWD issued a grant of $88,816.

Stevens Construction Corp. – DWD issued a grant of $269,188.

United Lutheran Program for the Aging (Luther Manor) – DWD issued a grant of $47,667.

ThedaCare, Inc. – DWD issued a grant of $51,080.

Gehl Foods, Inc. – DWD issued a grant of $367,890.

MacDonald & Owen Veneer & Lumber Company, Inc. – DWD issued a grant of $75,679.

Nueske's Applewood Smoked Meats – DWD issued a grant of $59,240.

Green Bay Packaging, Inc. – DWD issued a grant of $400,000.

Blackhawk Transport – DWD issued a grant of $204,873.