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Governor Scott Walker, DWD Secretary Newson Announce $2.2 Million in Youth Apprenticeship Grant Awards

The graduation rate for eligible youth apprentices was 84% last year.

By - Aug 20th, 2015 02:04 pm

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson announce today $2.2 Million in Youth Apprenticeship (YA) grant awards to 32 regional consortiums to sustain and expand local, in-demand training opportunities for approximately 2,500 high school students across Wisconsin for the 2015-16 school year.

“As I travel throughout the State of Wisconsin, I consistently hear from employers, especially those in high-demand fields such as manufacturing, that they have jobs, but don’t have enough skilled workers to fill their open positions,” Governor Walker said.  “Investing in the Youth Apprenticeship program is an important step towards ensuring that Wisconsin’s workforce continues to grow and develop, and that the youth of today possess the skills necessary to obtain family-supporting jobs in a high-demand field tomorrow.”

“Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship program is a key talent development strategy that prepares students for postsecondary education and employment success,” Secretary Newson said.  “It is a nationally recognized work-based learning model that allows students to explore high-demand careers and transition from academics to the workforce while earning college credit, state skill certification, and real world work experience.”

Wisconsin’s YA program has been authorized by state statute since 1991 to help high school students who thrive in a hands-on learning environment gain academic and technical college-level instruction with mentored on-the-job training in an occupational area of interest over one or two years.  Students who complete the program receive a YA completion certificate, and may receive technical college credit and graduate with the skills needed to accept an entry-level position in their occupational area.

In the 2014-15 school year, YA grant awards supported work-based learning opportunities at nearly 1,800 businesses across 10 career clusters for more than 2,500 youth who were paid an average wage of $10.38 per hour to graduate on track and learn job skills.  The top three program areas for participation were: Manufacturing with 617 enrollees; Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources with 443 enrollees; and Hospitality, Lodging and Tourism with 404 enrollees.

The graduation rate for eligible youth apprentices was 84% last year.  Additionally, 76% of the two-year graduates were offered employment opportunities.

The Harvard Graduate School of Education recognized Wisconsin’s YA Program as an “Exemplar of Employer Engagement” in the 2011 Pathways to Prosperity report.  The report noted the high number of YA graduates who receive a post-secondary degree and are employed after high school.  The report also noted that 98% of employers would recommend the program to fellow employers.

Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship 2014-15 Grant Awards

Grantee Applicant County* Recommended Amount
South Central Workforce Development Board Dane $280,428
North Central Wisconsin School-to-Career Partnership Ashland $253,318
CESA 6 Columbia $215,440
GPS Education Waukesha $151,271
Waukesha County School-to-Work Partnership Waukesha $113,789
Sheboygan Area YA Consortium Sheboygan $94,497
CESA 5 Barron $92,907
Chippewa Valley YA Consortium Chippewa $85,684
Fond du Lac Consortium Fond du Lac $78,760
CESA 11 Winnebago $72,012
Manitowoc County Youth Apprenticeship Manitowoc $70,894
Rock County School-to-Work Juneau $62,978
Southwest Wisconsin Grant $60,572
North Central Career and Technical Education Consortium Marathon $55,167
Green Bay Area Partners in Education Brown $51,735
Milton-Edgerton School-to-Work Partnership Milwaukee $51,124
Mississippi Valley Youth Apprenticeship Consortium Lincoln $50,301
Mid-Wisconsin School-to-Work Partnership Rock $44,937
Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce Rock $44,595
St. Croix Valley St Croix $37,184
Wolf River School-to-Work Partnership Shawano $36,653
Workforce 2020 Ozaukee $29,314
Milwaukee Public Schools La Crosse $27,169
Trempealeau Valley Consortium Trempealeau $25,581
South Shore Suburban Consortium Milwaukee $23,207
Central Wisconsin Consortium Wood $22,246
Marinette-Oconto Consortium Oconto $20,689
CESA 1 Milwaukee $17,976
Door Kewaunee Business & Education Partnership Door $17,569
Gateway District Youth Apprenticeship Consortium Kenosha $16,444
School District of Mauston Wood $14,766
Northwest Career and Education Partnership Racine $14,476
GRAND TOTAL: $2,233,700

*Applicant County is the county of the organization administering the grant; regional consortiums may serve students in additional counties.

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