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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Monday, March 7, 2016
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DWD Secretary Highlights Wisconsin Fast Forward Partnerships at Northcentral Technical College

Visit also recognizes collaboration with Wisconsin Automotive & Truck Education Association

WAUSAU– Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen joined the Wisconsin Automotive & Truck Education Association (WATEA) at Northcentral Technical College (NTC) in Wausau to highlight workforce partnerships funded through the Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) grant program.

"The workforce collaborations taking place in Northcentral Wisconsin represent a model for the rest of the state," Secretary Allen said. "Under Governor Walker's vision and leadership, and through innovative programs such as Wisconsin Fast Forward, we are bringing together businesses, educators and economic developers to prepare Wisconsin workers for good-paying jobs in the modern economy."

In Wisconsin, Transportation and Material moving is a top 10 industry with 8% projected growth from 2012-2022, according to the latest available long-term projections. Today, there are over 140 positions available in transportation and material moving occupations in Marathon County alone on JobCenterofWisconsin.com (JCW).

As a key industry, Trucking occupies one of JCW's "Featured Industry" pages. The page is a one-stop online resource for information about trucking careers, training resources, featured employers, hot jobs and other information about working in the trucking industry.

DWD in 2014 announced its intent to award WATEA a Round 3 WFF grant of $88,455 for its Automotive & Diesel Advanced Professional Training (ADAPT) to provide highly customized training courses through Carquest Training Institute and NTC for 42 incumbent workers from 16 local businesses.

Governor Walker signed the WFF program into law in 2013 with the Legislature's overwhelming bipartisan support to address the skills gap through a $15 million investment in grants to employers for customized skills training to fill current job openings and ongoing skill requirements. The program is administered by DWD's Office of Skills Development, which has developed an effective process that enables businesses to easily apply for grants.