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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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DWD Grants $4.9 Million in Youth Apprenticeship State Grants to Serve 5,900 Students

MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the awarding of $4.9 million in Youth Apprenticeship (YA) grants to 37 consortiums which include 395 school districts in Wisconsin. The consortiums project nearly 6,000 students will participate in YA in the 2020-2021 school year.

Youth Apprenticeship, like Registered Apprenticeship, couples on-the-job training with classroom instruction. Students are hired by participating employers and receive instruction related to their job through their high schools, local technical colleges, or other training providers. Students often finish YA programs with certificates, credentials, and transferable college credits they can apply to their post-secondary plans.

"Youth Apprenticeship provides students with the opportunity to get hands-on experience while exploring career options before they commit to a post-secondary path," DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman said. "Most occupations today require some sort of post-secondary education; whether it is a bachelor's or associate degree, certificate or credential. YA can help a student determine which career path fits them and provide them with a steppingstone into that pathway."

Participating students may select an occupational area of interest for their YA across 11 DWD-approved career clusters, including Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Art, Audio/Visual Technology and Communications; Finance; Health Science; Hospitality and Tourism; Information Technology; Manufacturing; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; Transportation, Distribution and Logistics; and Marketing.

DWD will launch updated curriculum in five of the career clusters for the 2020-2021 school year. All the career clusters will have the curriculum updated over the next three years as DWD continues to ensure that students' apprenticeships are in line with employer and industry standards. The Department is also working to ensure that classroom instruction is transferrable, increasing dual enrollment opportunities and creating a bridge to registered apprenticeships.

"Youth Apprenticeship prepares students for career and college; whatever comes next," DWD's Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards State Director Joshua Johnson said. "By bridging youth apprentice graduates into registered apprenticeships, students get a head start on a career with family sustaining wages, make connections with employers in their community, and feel confident in their career path."

More classes may be conducted online for the 2020-2021 school year as school districts design plans to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Students will need to follow the COVID-19 restrictions and safety protocols that are set up by the schools and employers when the 2020-2021 Youth Apprenticeship school year resumes.

Wisconsin's nationally recognized YA program was authorized by state statute in 1991 as part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative. To learn more about Youth Apprenticeship visit ya.wi.gov.

The list of 2020-2021 Youth Apprenticeship Grantees is below:

Stats at a Glance
Total Consortiums 37
# of School Districts Served 395
Projected Student Count 5956
Total Award Amount $4,975,937
Consortium Official Name Projected Student Counts Award Amount
Ahnapee Regional Youth Apprenticeship 275 $204,485
Bluff View Youth Apprenticeship 67 $59,48
Central Wisconsin 45 $33,461
CESA 1 - Southwest Milwaukee 50 $41,553
CESA 11 344 $309,154
CESA 5 Youth Apprenticeship 185 $166,212
CESA 6 976 $877,599
CESA 8 Youth Apprenticeship 25 $16,403
CESA 9 Youth Apprenticeship 130 $75,524
Chippewa Valley Youth 300 $269,920
Clinton Community School District Youth Apprenticeship 30 $22,307
Eau Claire Area Youth Apprenticeship 100 $65,610
Edgerton Milton School to Career 48 $42,289
Fond du Lac School to Work 72 $63,948
Gateway District Youth Apprenticeship 48 $35,692
GPS Education Partners 200 $131,220
Green Bay Area Partners in Education 124 $111,537
Kenosha Unified School District 150 $111,537
Marinette-Oconto Youth Apprenticeship 34 $24,456
Merrill High School Youth Apprenticeship 80 $55,769
Mid Wisconsin School to Work 67 $59,486
Milwaukee Board of School Directors 125 $82,013
Mississippi Valley/CESA 4 93 $69,153
North Central Wisconsin School-to-Career Partnership 344 $285,885
Northwest Wisconsin CEP 42 $37,398
Ozaukee Youth Apprenticeship 97 $71,384
RAMAC Youth Apprenticeship 200 $166,212
Rock & Green County School-to-Work 54 $48,333
School District of Mauston 30 $22,307
Sheboygan Area Youth Apprenticeship 107 $95,572
South Central Youth Apprenticeship 508 $457,083
South Shore Suburban 42 $37,179
Southwest Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship 277 $249,276
St. Croix Valley 185 $159,870
Waukesha School to Career 410 $340,735
WAWMSD Youth Apprenticeship 25 $16,403
Wolf River School to Work Youth Apprenticeship 67 $59,486
Total 5956 $4,975,937