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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Thursday, February 16, 2017
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DWD Deputy Secretary Maxwell Visits Waukesha County Technical College for Career and Technical Education Month

WAUKESHA – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell joined State Superintendent Dr. Tony Evers for a visit to the Dual Enrollment Academy at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) as part of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. Governor Walker proclaimed February as CTE Month to highlight CTE programs that provide lifelong skills and a head start towards promising careers.

"Under the vision and leadership of Governor Walker, we are greatly expanding and enhancing the many pathways that our youth have to find a career in one of Wisconsin's many thriving industries," Deputy Secretary Maxwell said. "High school students taking CTE courses will learn lifelong skills through practical and meaningful experiences, thus improving the quality of their education and providing them with career choices in their fields and in their communities."

Throughout the month, state leaders will showcase innovative school-to-work programs and the career opportunities for high school students who attend technical school for short-term training or a two-year degree.

Career and technical education provides Wisconsinites with school-to-career connections and is the backbone of a strong, well-educated workforce, which fosters productivity in business and industry, and contributes to Wisconsin's position in the international marketplace.

DWD has partnered with WCTC on many initiatives including Dual Enrollment programs like Wisconsin Fast Forward and Youth Apprenticeship. These programs provide opportunities, not only for youth, but for every job seeker.

Businesses throughout the state are looking for ways to recruit and retain talented workers with the skills needed to fill the jobs of the future.

WCTC provides a path that trains students with the skills, work experience, and confidence which is critical to success. By partnering in Dual Enrollment programs like Wisconsin Fast Forward and Youth Apprenticeship, WCTC is working with local employers to determine their needs, and then doing what it takes to train students with in-demand skills.

For more information, contact your local school district or technical college to learn more about CTE programs in your area, or visit http://www.wtcsystem.edu/initiatives, http://cte.dpi.wi.gov/, or http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/.