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Tuesday, Oct 11, 2016
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DWD Deputy Secretary Maxwell Joins High School Students for Schools2Skills™ Tour in Southeast Wisconsin for Manufacturing Month

Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs also joined the students for part of the tour.

MADISON – Today, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell celebrated Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin by joining high school students for a Schools2Skills™ Tour hosted by the Waukesha County Business Alliance in partnership with Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC). Governor Walker proclaimed October as the Manufacturing Month to highlight the high-quality, family-supporting jobs available in the manufacturing industry.

"With over 465,000 Wisconsinites employed in the manufacturing field and more jobs being created each year, students have myriad career opportunities available right here in Wisconsin upon graduation," said DWD Secretary Ray Allen. "That is why Governor Walker has invested in programs like Youth Apprenticeship, which teach the skills needed for an entry-level job in manufacturing with a combination of classroom instruction and on-the-job training, preparing students for work directly out of high school."

Deputy Secretary Maxwell and students began the day with tours of Weldall Mfg and Mathison Manufacturing in Waukesha, and ended with a tour of WCTC's Applied Science program.

On the tours, students heard from Deputy Secretary Maxwell about the advantages of a manufacturing career in Wisconsin, including how Wisconsin manufacturing workers earn an average of $55,500 per year, 22% more than the average of $45,389 per year for all private-sector workers. Also, due to retirements and economic expansion, there will be significant opportunities for employment in Wisconsin's manufacturing industry based on long-term projections.

DVA Assistant Deputy Secretary Dan Buttery joined students at the WCTC campus on behalf of Secretary John Scocos, stressing the importance of the industry to the state by highlighting the benefits that a strong manufacturing sector provides to our Wisconsin veterans.

"Wisconsin's manufacturing industry offers quality career options for our veterans," Secretary Scocos said. "With great educational programs like those offered at WCTC, Wisconsin veterans have many opportunities to find great careers after service, particularly in the manufacturing field."

Under Governor Walker's leadership, the DWD is coordinating the planning and promotion of many of the month's events in partnership with the Department of Revenue, Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Technical College System, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the University of Wisconsin-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center and other stakeholders.

A copy of Governor Walker’s Manufacturing Month proclamation is attached. To learn more about Manufacturing Month or to register to host or attend an event, visit www.wimanufacturingmonth.org.