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Scott Walker, Governor
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
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DWD Secretary Announces Up to $3 Million Available in Wisconsin Fast Forward-Blueprint for Prosperity School-to-Work Grants

Applications now available to train high school pupils for in-demand career opportunities

MADISON – Last night, Governor Scott Walker announced that an additional $3 million in funding will be available for dual enrollment programs under Wisconsin Fast Forward—Blueprint for Prosperity. Today, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson announced a third round of Wisconsin Fast Forward–Blueprint for Prosperity grants to support worker training programs for high school pupils. Applications for up to $3 million in grants are now available.

"Under Governor Walker's leadership, the development of employer-driven workforce training programs increases the ability for Wisconsin businesses to meet current and future talent needs," Secretary Newson said. "We are pleased to announce the availability of up to $3 million in grant funding to support innovative dual enrollment programs that help high school pupils develop skills and credentials that are in demand by Wisconsin employers."

DWD's Office of Skills Development (OSD), which administers the grant program, will accept applications through March 16 for employer-driven collaborations with school districts, educational partners and/or technical colleges to train and hire high school pupils. The Grant Program Announcement (GPA) includes:

Examples of high school pupil training program partnerships include dual credit academies, work-based learning programs and pre-apprenticeship models.

In May 2014, the first round of High School Pupil (HSP) workforce training grants funded 30 projects designed to train 949 high school students with industry-recognized credentials in partnerships with employers around the state. The second round of awards, released in March 2015, funded 45 projects targeting up to 1,102 students for workforce training programs.

Funds for the grant program are supported through Governor Walker's Blueprint for Prosperity initiative, which invests an additional $35.4 million in the Wisconsin Fast Forward program. The additional funds focus on technical college wait lists, high school training collaborations and efforts to enhance employment opportunities for job seekers with disabilities.

The High School Pupil Worker Training GPA and application materials are available at: http://wisconsinfastforward.com/prosperity/pupil/