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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
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DWD Deputy Secretary Joins Area Senator for Regional 'Take your Legislator to Work' Visit in Rhinelander

RHINELANDER – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell joined state Sen. Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst to highlight workforce development programs and meet with stakeholders from Rhinelander and across the region. The events are part of a "Take your Legislator to Work" initiative designed to allow legislators the opportunity to see first-hand the work done by state agencies in their districts.

"Governor Walker and the Wisconsin Legislature have made worker training programs a priority, and programs like Youth Apprenticeship and Registered Apprenticeship are proven strategies to address the skills gap and support a robust talent pool for employers across the state," Deputy Secretary Maxwell said. "As we recognize the talents and dedication of trainees, employers, DWD staff and workforce partners including those in the Legislature, we also can build awareness of the added value that these customizable and proven talent development solutions offer to any employer."

This morning, Deputy Secretary Maxwell and Sen. Tiffany attended the Rhinelander High School Youth Apprenticeship (YA) Recognition Breakfast. Since its creation 25 years ago, YA programs have provided over 20,000 high school students with the opportunity to experience hands-on learning in an occupation at a local worksite along with classroom instruction. Youth apprentices and parents joined program mentors and YA officials at the breakfast event.

"It was a great opportunity to attend the Rhinelander High School’s Youth Apprenticeship Recognition Breakfast. I enjoyed meeting many of the students who have taken advantage of the hands on learning program and I was impressed hearing their stories," Sen. Tiffany said. "This program really is an excellent way to help kids on their career path while exposing them to multiple aspects of the industry they are interested in."

Later, Deputy Secretary Maxwell visited Nicolet Technical College for an Apprenticeship Roundtable event. The discussion focused on efforts to "bridge" local YA programs with Wisconsin Apprenticeship, providing the opportunity high school youth to transition directly from their school-to-work experience to family-supporting apprenticeship positions after high school.

At the end of 2015, there were more than 9,000 active Registered Apprentices in Wisconsin working with over 1,000 employers. Nicolet officials and local DWD apprenticeship and job service staff joined Deputy Secretary Maxwell at the event.

For more information: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/