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Tony Evers, Governor
Caleb Frostman, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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DWD Announces Recipients of Wisconsin Fast Forward Grants for Jump Start

Grants will support skills development and customized training for entry-level Wisconsin workers

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has awarded six Wisconsin Fast Forward Jump Start grants to employers who have demonstrated a critical need for skilled workers. The training grants will be used to develop and implement training programs for entry-level workers.

DWD awarded more than $600,000 to six Wisconsin employers, which will serve 24 businesses and at least 495 trainees across Wisconsin.

"These grants aim to help trainees from at-risk, vulnerable or special populations, including those who are chronically unemployed, formerly incarcerated, economically disadvantaged or have a disability," said DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman. "Advocating for the economic advancement and inclusion of all Wisconsinites is of the utmost importance to this administration and this agency."

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:

Urban League of Greater Madison – DWD issued a grant of $197,774.

W.G. & R. Furniture Co. (Greene Light Holding Company) – DWD issued a grant of $91,225.37.

Urban League of Greater Madison – DWD issued a grant of $120,810.

Employ Milwaukee – DWD issued a grant of $73,041.

La Casa de Esperanza – DWD issued a grant of $79,625.

Northcott Neighborhood House, Inc. – DWD issued a grant of $49,924.