Policy Series Reports

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has pushed forward legislation to enact Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF). The $35 million program created worker-training grants and makes other investments to prepare adult workers for jobs available today and in the years to come. A subsequent phase and one of the three main tenets of the state’s “Blueprint for Prosperity” is WFF High School Pupil Workforce Training Program.  Using $2.1 million in state funding, this competitive grant program focuses on collaboration among school districts, technical colleges, and businesses. 

In 2014, the state awarded 30 grants to collaborations throughout the state with credit-granting high schools and technical colleges providing industry-recognized certifications and employer-driven workforce programs.  Grant funds can be used for course development, instructor wages, and course materials but not tuition or capital improvements. The grants also work to ensure accountability and transparency by tracking program participants, training completions, certifications earned, job placements, and further enrollment in postsecondary training.

Program Contact
Cathy Crary
Youth and At-Risk Populations Section Chief 
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Phone: (608) 267-7944 
Email: cathy.crary@dwd.wisconsin.gov

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