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Governor Scott Walker Signs Law Creating New WIC Internship Program for Dieticians

Senate Bill 402 – requires the Department of Health Services to establish a dietetic internship program under the state’s Women, Infants, and Children supplemental food program.

By - Mar 24th, 2016 10:19 am

Madison – Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 402 into law today at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The bill relates to the establishment of a dietetic internship program.

“As we look for new ways to strengthen Wisconsin’s workforce, it is important we provide our students with the practical, hands-on training they need to thrive in their future careers,” Governor Walker said.  “The legislation we’re signing today provides students working to become dietitians the unique opportunity to gain experience with Wisconsin’s Women, Infants, and Children supplemental food program.  One of the major ways we can improve and develop our workforce is by bridging the skills gap, and looking forward, we will continue to support programs like the dietetic internship program so we can ensure our students gain the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain a family-supporting job.”

Senate Bill 402 – requires the Department of Health Services (DHS) to establish a dietetic internship program under the state’s Women, Infants, and Children supplemental food program (WIC).  Upon completion of the internship program, interns must agree to work for the WIC program for at least 24 months and take the dietetic registration exam within one year, or reimburse DHS for any costs incurred.  This internship program will strengthen the state’s healthcare workforce by increasing training and internship opportunities for college graduates on the path to becoming dieticians, where there is currently a shortage or internship opportunities.  Authored by Senator Roger Roth (R – Appleton) and Representative Mike Rohrkaste (R – Neenah), the bill passed the Senate on a voice vote and was concurred by the Assembly on a voice vote.  It is Act 276.

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