The CCEDC hosted the Office of Skills Development (OSD) for a roundtable discussion to share information about an innovative and collaborative customized workforce training grant program, the Manufacturing Grant Program. Many Chippewa Valley employers and workforce partners attended this event to hear first-hand information from OSD’s Director David Karst regarding the grant program which is designed to upskill manufacturing industry workers. The program presentation made it clear that that there are excellent opportunities for organizations to develop many diverse skill-sets by participating. The Manufacturing Grant Program is part of the Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) initiative and to date the DWD has awarded over $18 million in WFF grants, which have supported nearly 200 worker training projects that benefit businesses and trainees across the state of Wisconsin.
The CCEDC encourages Wisconsin manufacturers to look into this program- More details can be found at:http://wisconsinfastforward.com/