FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CLEVELAND, WI – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson recently announced DWD's intent to award 45 grants totaling $2.5 million to develop or expand employer-driven training programs that prepare high school pupils for workforce or post-secondary education success in high-demand fields.
Students in the Sheboygan Area Youth Apprenticeship Program will benefit from 4 of these grants. Students now can gain certificates in Customer Service, Certified Nursing Assistant, OSHA10/First Aid and Manufacturing Fundamentals. These certificates are recognized by industry as employers seek highly trained employees in these fields. The four grants, totaling nearly $55,000, allows students to receive text books, uniforms and classes which otherwise would not have been offered for the Youth Apprenticeship students.
"Students will be able to gain an industry recognized Youth Apprenticeship certificate as well as the valuable mentor on-the job training while in the classes to gain another certificate," explains Jill Preissner, Sheboygan Area Youth Apprenticeship Manager. "We are excited for the students and industries to have a win-win situation."
Youth Apprenticeship is a part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative. It is designed for high school students who want hands on learning in an occupational area at a worksite along with classroom instruction. This one or two year elective program combines academic and technical instruction with mentored on-the-job learning.
The Sheboygan Area Youth Apprenticeship program currently has 92 high school students who are being mentored by local employers and 62 students will earn certificates at the end of May and be recognized at a graduation ceremony at Lakeshore Technical College on May 27. Certificates are earned in industries such as Agriculture, Construction, Finance, Health, Hospitality, Information Technology, Manufacturing, STEM, and Transportation.
Secretary Newson is slated as the keynote speaker for the ceremony which will include invitees from 15 area high schools, 40 area businesses, plus the 62 graduates and their families.
About Lakeshore Technical College
Lakeshore Technical College is a leading provider of technical education offering more than 120 career programs including associate degrees, technical diplomas, technical certificates and apprenticeship programs. In addition, LTC offers distance learning, customized training to business and industry, and continuing education opportunities.
Serving a 200,500-resident population in east central Wisconsin, LTC operates a main campus in Cleveland and additional learning sites at LTC Manitowoc, LTC Sheboygan, LTC-Plymouth Science & Technology Center, and the Lakeshore Culinary Institute. The college also operates Community Education Centers at area high schools in Elkhart Lake, Cedar Grove-Belgium, Howards Grove, Kiel, Mishicot, Oostburg, Plymouth, Random Lake, Reedsville, and Two Rivers; and 27 distance learning sites. LTC's mission is to enrich lives and strengthen the economy by preparing a workforce that is skilled, diverse and flexible. On average, 87% of LTC graduates work in the LTC District which includes Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties, and parts of Calumet and Ozaukee Counties. Visit LTC at: gotoltc.edu.