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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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DWD Deputy Secretary Maxwell Celebrates Youth Apprenticeship Day in Kimberly

In the 2017-18 school year, $3.9 million in YA grants will serve 4,300 high school students

MADISON –Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell celebrated Youth Apprenticeship Day at Kimberly High School today, where she met with Youth Apprentices that are part of Kimberly's Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Academy. Governor Walker proclaimed September 26 as Youth Apprenticeship Day in Wisconsin in support of efforts to get students engaged in career pathways and programs to ensure a robust talent pipeline for generations to come.

"The Youth Apprenticeship program provides students with in-demand skills that employers across Wisconsin are seeking," Deputy Secretary Maxwell said. "Governor Walker's commitment to strengthening and growing this vital program ensures that Wisconsin's future workforce will be prepared to meet the needs of our expanding economy now and into the future."

Under Governor Walker, funding for the Youth Apprenticeship program has more than doubled since 2012, from $1.6 million to $3.2 million in 2016. This past June, the Governor announced a record $3.9 million in Youth Apprenticeship state grants which will serve 4,300 students across Wisconsin.

The YA program is administered by the DWD with funds awarded to local consortiums that work with employers and high schools to pair students up with an employer. The participating students are enrolled in academic classes while they are employed and receive hands-on instruction from a mentor.

In Kimberly, Deputy Secretary Maxwell met with Youth Apprentices that are part of Kimberly's ACE Academy. Kimberly High School is part of the CESA 6 YA Regional Consortium, which is planning to serve 515 students in the 2017-2018 school year, up from 452 in the 2016-2017 school year.

The statewide YA program offers up to 11 career programs for students to pursue such as Agriculture, Food, and natural Resources, Architecture and Construction, Art, Audio/Visual Technology, and Communications, Finance, Health Science, Hospitality and Tourism, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics, and Marketing.

Youth Apprenticeship Day takes place during Workforce Development Month, which Governor Walker proclaimed for September to highlight the state's talent development efforts to provide Wisconsin employers with a sustainable pipeline of workers to help grow the economy.

Learn more about the Department of Workforce Development's Youth Apprenticeship program: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/youthapprenticeship/