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
Each year more than 11,000 people enroll in courses at Lakeshore Technical College. They rely on LTC for job preparation, to earn a degree, upgrade a specialized skill, train as an apprentice, or seek a high school equivalency. LTC faculty and staff meet students where they are in life and help them get one step closer to achieving their goals.
Close to 1,000 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn an average starting salary of $45,000 per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at four sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at gotoltc.edu.