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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

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DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson Recognizes Youth Apprentice Graduates at Ceremony in Marshfield

Nearly 50 graduating seniors receive Youth Apprenticeship Completion Certificates

MARSHFIELD – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson delivered remarks at the Marshfield Area Chamber Foundation's Youth Apprenticeship (YA) Recognition Breakfast held to honor area YA graduates. In total, nearly 50 high school students were recognized from the school districts of Marshfield, Granton and Auburndale. The event was held at the Hotel Marshfield.

"With graduation season upon us, it is important to recognize the accomplishments of our future workforce, and these graduates have a YA Completion Certificate to go along with their diploma," Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson said. "Students who participate in the YA program develop skills that employers demand and are able to gain hands-on experience at a local business, and employers are able to potentially provide themselves with a future pipeline of skilled talent."

Under the leadership of Governor Walker, DWD has been raising the profile of the YA program, promoting the program as a proven talent development solution. Employers employ students part-time at their business and potentially recruit them to fill open positions after they graduate. Additionally, DWD has been developing YA to Registered Apprenticeship "Bridge" programs, which allow students who participate in a YA program in high school to earn credit toward their Registered Apprenticeship prior to graduation, allowing them to earn Journey worker status more quickly, and experience the increased wages that come along with that title.

Established in 1991, Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship program is part of a statewide school-to-work initiative. It is designed for high school juniors and seniors who want hands on learning in an occupational area at a local business along with classroom instruction. During the 2016-2017 school year, Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship program had over 340 schools participating and 3,533 youth working at 2,490 employers.

For more information, please visit http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/youthapprenticeship/