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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

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
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DWD Secretary Allen Joins High School Students at MATC in Mequon to Recognize Careers in Energy Week in Wisconsin

Governor's proclamation highlights career opportunities in the state's energy industry

MADISON – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen joined high school students for a "Careers in Energy Week" kick-off event at Milwaukee Area Technical College's (MATC) Mequon campus. Governor Walker proclaimed October 17th -21st as Careers in Energy Week throughout Wisconsin to raise awareness of the careers available to students in the state's energy industry.

"The Wisconsin economy's robust energy industry offers a variety of careers that are highly skilled, well-paying and rewarding," Governor Walker said. "It is critical that Wisconsin students know what career options are available to them when they are preparing to enter the workforce. Careers in Energy Week offers the opportunity to introduce students to an industry featuring employers who are actively recruiting skilled labor right here in Wisconsin."

Today's event was open to high school juniors and seniors seeking to build career awareness with hands-on demonstrations of careers in the energy field. The event was developed in partnership with the Wisconsin Energy Workforce Consortium (WEWC), which consists of private and public organizations including Alliant Energy, We Energies, and Xcel Energy.

The WEWC is part of the national Center for Energy Workforce Development consortium, formed to help utilities work together to develop solutions to the coming workforce shortage in the utility industry.

"We are pleased to collaborate with employers and other partners to build awareness among students of the challenging and rewarding careers in the energy industry," Secretary Allen said. "We look forward to future opportunities to educate students, parents and others about opportunities in this vital industry in Wisconsin."

Last year, in partnership with the WEWC, DWD introduced an Energy Industry page on Wisconsin's online public labor exchange, JobCenterofWisconsin.com (JCW). The page is a one-stop online resource for information about energy careers, training resources, featured employers, hot jobs and other information about working in the energy industry.

For more information on Careers in Energy, visit: http://www.cewd.org/index.php