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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, May 18, 2016
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DWD Deputy Secretary Maxwell Participates in Regional "Take Your Legislator to Work" Visits in West Central WI

MADISON – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell joined local legislators throughout West Central Wisconsin to highlight workforce development programs and initiatives at various events. The day is part of a "Take Your Legislator to Work" initiative designed to allow legislators the opportunity to see the work being done by state agencies within their districts.

"Today's visits offered a great opportunity to fully appreciate the impact that workforce development programs are having on individuals, as well as the overall economy, in West Central Wisconsin and across the state," Deputy Secretary Maxwell said. "With the support and direction of Governor Walker and the Wisconsin legislature, DWD has made developing talent in the workforce a top priority as we work to ensure that everyone who wants a job can develop the skills needed to find a job."

To start the day, Deputy Secretary Maxwell delivered opening remarks at the Marshfield Youth Apprenticeship (YA) Recognition Breakfast. Wisconsin's YA program is a part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative. It is designed for high school students who want hands on learning in an occupational area at a worksite along with classroom instruction. This event was meant not only to highlight the accomplishments of successful YA students, but also to thank their parents and employers for their support.

Deputy Secretary Maxwell was joined by Representative Bernier at the Eau Claire Employment Expo where they met with employers and job seekers. The Eau Claire Employment Expo, featuring approximately 70 employers, was organized by DWD Job Service and sponsored in part by Leader-Telegram and the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce.

"I was very encouraged to see so many employers and potential employees participate in today’s activities," Rep. Bernier said. "This is a great opportunity for those seeking employment to link up with employers in need. Several employers were ready to conduct interviews on-site, and I saw resumes being distributed throughout the event."

To end the day, Deputy Secretary Maxwell joined Rep. Petryk at Eleva-Strum high school to attend the Cardinal Manufacturing Open House where they spoke with students and instructors involved in this innovative program. Cardinal Manufacturing is a student-run machine shop in the Eleva-Strum School District. The program was designed as a localized way to address the skills gap in advanced manufacturing and to engage students in meaningful education. The program aligns with the Governor's workforce agenda by exposing high school students to the potential of manufacturing-related careers, sharpening their technical skills, and instilling the soft skills and professionalism that employers are seeking.

"It is vitally important that we heighten awareness of Wisconsin workforce development programs that will help people find family-sustaining careers. Cardinal Manufacturing at Eleva-Strum High School is an amazingly successful in-school manufacturing business that is managed and run by the students," Rep. Petryk said. "Created and nurtured by outstanding instructor, Craig Ciegelski, it has become the "Gold Standard" for high school technical manufacturing education programs across the nation."

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