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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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DWD Secretary Highlights Successful Youth Apprenticeship Partnership as Part of Career and Technical Education Month

Secretary Allen tours World Wide Sign Systems Inc. in Bonduel, learns about school-to-work collaborations

BONDUEL – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Raymond Allen highlighted a successful Youth Apprenticeship (YA) partnership between Bonduel High School and World Wide Sign Systems Inc. at a tour of the employer's facility in Bonduel. The visit was part of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, which Governor Walker proclaimed for February 2016.

"The Youth Apprenticeship program is a vital part of Wisconsin's strategy to grow our economy by building the skilled workforce employers need to thrive," Secretary Allen said. "The important work being done at World Wide Sign Systems demonstrates that successful CTE programs prepare students for a variety of pathways after graduation, including careers with good pay and advancement opportunities."

During the month of February, DWD is partnering with the Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin Technical College System to showcase CTE programs that are available in the state's K-12 education system. The month includes with visits to high schools, technical colleges, and employers.

Career and technical education provides Wisconsinites with school-to-career connections and is the backbone of a strong, well-educated workforce, which fosters productivity in business and industry, and contributes to Wisconsin's position in the international marketplace.

World Wide Sign Systems Inc. has been providing wholesale signs and sign faces to the sign industry since 1958. World Wide Sign Systems Inc. is part of the Wolf River School to Work Consortium in Bonduel and currently has two Youth Apprenticeship students.

The company brought on its first youth apprentice through Bonduel High school in October 2015 in Manufacturing. Due to the positive impact of the program, the company decided in late November 2015 to bring on a second youth apprentice student in Finance.

World Wide Sign Systems is now considering expanding the program in Bonduel as well as at its Shawano plant.

For more information on the YA program, please visit: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/youthapprenticeship/