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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

June 06, 2018
CONTACT: Amy Hasenberg, (608) 266-2839

Governor Walker Recognizes Project SEARCH Graduates at West Bend Mutual Insurance

Over 190 individuals with disabilities set to graduate from the statewide program in 2018

WEST BEND – Governor Scott Walker joined members of the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and West Bend Mutual Insurance today to recognize 9 new Project SEARCH graduates at West Bend Mutual Insurance in West Bend. Project SEARCH is a business-led collaboration that enables youth and young adults with disabilities to gain and maintain employment through training and career exploration in a hands-on work environment.

“Congratulations to each of the graduates today who are joining more than 190 other Wisconsinites in graduating from Project SEARCH this year,” said Governor Walker. “With almost nine out of every ten graduates finding work immediately after graduating or soon after, it’s clear this program is giving the best skills to young adults with disabilities that will help them realize new found independence through work.”

Project SEARCH is a priority for Governor Walker. Under his leadership, the program is experiencing a significant expansion, growing from a single site during the 2010-2011 school year to 24 sites during the 2017-2018 school year.

The 2017-2019 biennial budget includes several initiatives to promote employment for people with disabilities, including:

More information on Project SEARCH can be viewed here.