South Central Workforce Development Board To Receive ARPA Grant Funding

(Dodge County) The Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin will be awarded $2-million-dollars in grant funding from the state. Governor Tony Evers Monday, announced $20-million in grants to 11 regions in Wisconsin to help over 2,300 Wisconsinites as part of the Worker Advancement Initiative. The program, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act, will help citizens whose previous employment has not returned since the pandemic. It will also help those who were attached to or were not successful in the labor market prior to the pandemic, by offering subsidized employment and skills training opportunities with local employers.

The Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin which serves Dodge, Columbia, Jefferson, Dane, Marquette, and Sauk counties plan to use the monies to augment ongoing Career Pathways work by bridging young adults to careers through subsidized employment. They also plan to subsidize wages for pre-apprentice work crews, augment traditional on-the-job training engagements with technical skills training, and integrate compensated digital literacy work-and-learn interface in those strategies.

Targeted populations will include veterans, low-income individuals, individuals with disabilities, justice-involved individuals, dislocated workers, older workers ages 55 and older, the homeless, among others. Industries that will be a focus for training and employment include construction, health and social assistance, manufacturing, IT, and tourism.