LTC youth apprenticeship programs receive state aid

Gov. Scott Walker recently announced that $1.8 million in Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program grant awards have been awarded to YA programs in the state of Wisconsin with the Sheboygan Area Youth Apprenticeship Consortium receiving a total of $48,880 of the grant. The program grant will help to train high school juniors and seniors during the school year.

“Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship helps students train for in-demand careers,” Walker said. “The program is a key part of our goal to equip workers with the skills employers need and to help workers succeed in those jobs. I am pleased that we will build on the success of this program by serving hundreds of additional students this year through strengthened collaborations and innovation among local partners.”

The Sheboygan Area YA received their funding on October 2nd and will use the majority of the grant money to help students enrolled in the program participate in relevant classes at Lakeshore Technical College. The classes are designed to help students gain additional skills and insight into the position and career they wish to pursue. Funds will also help support the staffing of a liaison at 14 local high schools in Sheboygan County as well build awareness among high school students and parents for apprentice opportunities through the local high schools.

“This grant allows students to truly move beyond their high school walls to explore a career while they are a junior or senior in high school”, said Jill Preissner, Sheboygan Youth Apprenticeship coordinator. “It also allows businesses to ‘fill the pipeline’ in highdemand careers in manufacturing, information technology (IT), health, finance, culinary/hospitality and engineering. This program will continue to grow as long as there is support of both school districts and businesses.”

The Sheboygan Area YA program services over 65 students who work in over 30 area businesses in different career paths. Career paths pursued by students include careers in health, culinary/ hospitality, finance, IT, manufacturing and engineering/drafting.

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) administers the Youth Apprenticeship program in partnership with local service providers, school districts and employers. The YA grant awards totaling $1.86 million will go to 31 regional consortia across Wisconsin.


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