Progress: Worker Training Grants
Training the Workforce
Since 2011, our priorities have included
reducing the tax and regulatory burden, creating an environment that
encourages job creation, and workforce development.
Recent data from the federal Bureau of Labor
Statistics show that over the last year Wisconsin's manufacturing
rank 1st in the Midwest, and 2nd nationwide. Our unemployment rate
currently sits at 3.4%, which is below the national average. Private sector
wages across Wisconsin are
also up. We are creating
jobs and it is important that workers with the right skills and training are
available to fill them.
We've invested significantly in workforce
development and training since 2011. The 2017-19 budget includes additional
funding for Fast Forward grants, which helps to fund workforce training
programs such as apprenticeships and internships, with the following changes
a technical education equipment grant program which will provide grants
to school districts for the purchase of tech. ed equipment ($1M).
Increases funding for Career and Technical Education grants, which
provides funds to school districts for students who earn a tech. ed.
Requires DWD to award grants to the Department of Corrections for the
creation, operation, and upkeep of mobile classrooms to expand education
and vocational opportunities for incarcerated offenders to prepare them
for reentry into society and to help reduce recidivism ($1.1M).
Provides funding to support the Building Occupational Skills for Success
(BOSS) program which is designed to provide students with the skills and
tools needed to become future business owners ($200,000)
WEDC to make fabrication laboratory (Fab Lab) technical assistance
grants to support the increased funding to start Fab Labs in schools
Next Week: Tax Reduction and Reform
It was a busy week around the 24th Assembly
District. I had the opportunity to attend a couple of grand openings and
meet some great individuals and students in our community.
On Wednesday, I attended the grand opening of
the Industries for the Blind Inc
facility in Menomonee Falls. IB is a national manufacturer whose corporate
mission is to provide employment opportunities to individuals who are blind
or visually impaired. They also seek to be the leading voice that educates
businesses, locally and nationally on how to create, design and build
accessible workplaces for the disabled and visually impaired through the use
of innovative technologies. Thanks for the tour and all the great work you
On Thursday, I had the chance to tour the new
Innovation Center and student-run apparel store at Menomonee Falls High
School. The Innovation Center provides students the opportunity to develop
valuable manufacturing and technology skills.
They gave us a robotics demonstration and we
also got to check out the laser cutting machine. Pretty cool stuff. Keep up
the great work!
Germantown Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa
Date and Time:
December 17th from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Florian Park Conference Center, N111 W18611
More information available at the Kiwanis website
Brown Deer Tree Lighting
Date and Time:
December 7th from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
North Shore Fire Station - 4401 W. River Lane
Stop by for hot chocolate, cookies, music,
fire station tours, and pictures with Santa.
Menorah Lighting at Bayshore
Date and Time:
December 13th at 5:30 PM
Bayshore Town Center
Find more information on this event