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Monday, May 8, 2017
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DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson Tours Wausau East High School, Highlights CTE Programs

Wausau School District's Career and Technical Education program provides opportunities to explore multiple career pathways

WAUSAU – Last Friday, Department of Workforce Development Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson visited both Wausau East and Wausau West High Schools to learn more about the Wausau School District's robust Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and tour the recently renovated facilities.

Strong CTE programs provide high school students with the opportunity to learn lifelong skills through practical and meaningful experiences, improving the quality of their education and providing them with experience in their chosen field and in their communities. Effective worker training programs contribute greatly to Wisconsin's economic growth, and exposing high school students to CTE programs early can lead to good paying careers in industries such as manufacturing, information technology, construction and engineering.

"DWD believes in regional collaborations between educators, workforce development officials and local businesses that expose high school students to a wide-range of career experiences while they're still in high school," Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson said. "These cooperative efforts stimulate the growth and vitality of our economy by preparing graduates to enter careers fields which are forecast to experience the largest and fastest growth."

The Wausau School District's CTE departments went through significant renovations at both Wausau East and Wausau West High Schools. The enhancements were developed in collaboration with numerous central Wisconsin business partners. In addition to the district's robust CTE programs, nearly 700 students were enrolled in at least one dual credit class with Northcentral Technical College.

"Students going through our CTE programs in the Wausau School District are being equipped with the employability skills and technical skills that our local businesses need and they are aligned to post-secondary opportunities at the technical college or universities," Wausau School District CTE Coordinator Jon Winter said. "We have a dedicated staff of CTE teachers with strong community support, which leads to great opportunities for students."

For more information on the Wausau School Districts CTE programs, please contact Jon Winter, CTE Coordinator, at jwinter@wausauschools.org.

For more information on CTE programs and other talent development programs administered by DWD, please visit http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/.