News Release: Fast Forward grant award to train manufacturing workers in South Central Wisconsin

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May 16, 2014

Editor’s Note: This release includes an excerpt from the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) news release issued on May 15, 2014.

A Fast Forward manufacturing grant award totaling $74,369 has been issued to help train 132 incumbent employees of Anteco Pharma, CM Global, EVCO, Fisher Barton Specialty Products, McFarlane MFG, Springs Window Fashion and Teel Plastics in numerous skill sets, in partnership with the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin. The training will include welding, hydraulics, drawing interpretation, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and will be offered by Madison College.

“These employers have been deeply engaged in working to identify and implement cross company solutions for the manufacturing sector,” says Pat Schramm, CEO of the Workforce Development Board. “The Workforce Development Board is proud to be a partner to this grant award and we are committed to the work to ensure successful outcomes for the workers and companies served.”

According to the DWD news release, more than $1.5 million in worker training grants will be awarded through the Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) initiative. The second round of awards will help 37 employers representing 15 Wisconsin counties and will train approximately 2,200 manufacturing workers.

The announcement follows DWD’s declaration to award more than $2.1 million to support school-to-work programs throughout Wisconsin under the Wisconsin Fast Forward Blueprint for Prosperity initiative. The Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin is set to receive $150,000 in Fast Forward funding to support its Middle College program design to help high school students prepare for the workforce or post-secondary education in high-demand manufacturing or health care career pathways.


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