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WDA 6 - Workforce News Bulletin

Reese Aarthun

After overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles, WIA Dislocated Worker Program participant, Reese Aarthun, poses after graduating as UWSP's 2011 Distinguished Graduate for Sociology/Social Work.  Reese also was nominated for and received a University Leadership Award, was inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta's Honor Society and was nominated for the Chancellor's Award.  Click HERE to read Reese's incredible story.  

WDA 6 - Monthly Workforce News Bulletin  

Welcome to the North Central WI Workforce Development Board's July - 2011 issue of Workforce News Bulletin.     
Inside Issue:    
WDB Special Training logospecialtrainingNCWWDB's Specialized Trainings Offer Unemployed Workers a Competive Edge - With almost five people for every job opening and a mismatch of skills between the demand for and the supply of jobs, NCWWDB is focusing on helping the unemployed and underemployed re-skill to meet the needs of area employers.

      Armed with WIA training dollars, various grants and a close partnership with three area technical colleges, NCWWDB has been successfully delivering specialized training programs to the unemployed workforce in north central Wisconsin. Two new certificate trainings added to the list are a 13 credit Machine Tool course with CNC emphasis and an 11 credit Production Welding course. Both classes filled quickly and began on July 18th.  
      The Machine 
Tool program uses hands-on problem solving, activities and creativity in the machine trades area of manufacturing. For Machine Tool program specifics go HERE.  
      The Production Welding program provides a solid foundation in process-specific production welding technology and is designed to develop the necessary entry-level competencies for work in the metal fabrication and production welding industries. For Production Welding program specifics go HERE. 
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Dairy GrazingdairygrazingDairy Grazing - The First "Greened" Trade for North Central Wisconsin - On July 20, 2011, a new Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship program was kicked-off at the Nate Weisenfeld farm in Marathon County.  The open house celebration included a welcoming message from Wendy Galbraith from GrassWorks, Inc., Board of Directors. As part of the celebration, the new apprentices signed their apprenticeship contracts to officially launch the program.  Those in attendance were able to enjoy a pasture walk, as well as sample a variety of grass-fed, dairy refreshments. Through the SAGE grant, NCWWDB's role in the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship program will be to provide eligible apprentices the financial assistance to support their study in the new trade.  For more information, contact Diane Weiler at 715-422-4714 or by email at Read the entire article and see photos from the event HERE.   Back to top 

Graduate receiving FMSC certificateFMSCgradsWorkforce Retraining Program Graduates First Class from Food Manufacturing Science Program - 18 WIA Dislocated Workers were enrolled in the Food Manufacturing Science Certificate (FMSC) program and the Manufacturing Skills Standard Certification program at MSTC.  This seven-month long program retrained workers with the specific skills needed by local food processing manufacturers.  It was developed with input from area business leaders in partnership with MSTC and a core group of the area's workforce service provider network.  The next FMSC class is scheduled to begin at MSTC's Wisconsin Rapids campus, on August 29th. Click HERE for more information on this "no cost to qualifying individuals" training.  To read more about this unique, industry-driven partnership in the community of Wisconsin Rapids and to view photos from its recent graduation ceremony click HERE.  Back to top

SAGE LogoSAGESAGE Announcement - Construction Electrician Trade goes "Green"- Within the following six Joint Apprenticeship Committees (JACs) are now identified as "green" in accordance with the SAGE Grant:

  • WI River Valley Area Electrical JAC (WDA 6's Area)
  • Appleton/Oshkosh Area Electrical JAC
  • Eau Claire Area Electrical JAC
  • La Crosse Area Electrical JAC
  • Madison Area Electrical JAC
  • Northeast WI Area Electrical JAC

The "greening" date was July 22, 2011, and is the largest group of apprentices thus far impacted by the SAGE Grant with a total of 268 apprentices. For more information on the "greening" of the trades click

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LaborLawChild Labor Hours Limits Changed to Match Federal Law - Effective July 1, 2011, Wisconsin's child labor hours limitations will be the same as those under federal law. The new law no longer limits either the daily or weekly hours, or the time of day that they may work.  State child labor laws prohibit work during times that minors are required to be in school, except for students participating in work experience and career exploration programs operated by the school including Youth Apprenticeship. Wisconsin's laws restricting minors under 18 from performing hazardous work have not been affected by these changes however, employers who are subject to both federal and state laws must comply with the more stringent section of the two.  For more information on this change link to DWD website.  Click HERE to link to the new poster.  Back to top 

US Senate LogoWIAWIA Markup Postponed, No New Date Set - The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee has "renoticed" their August 3rd executive session, removing the WIA reauthorization bill from the agenda. No new date has been set for markup of the bill. With WIA reauthorization now apparently stalled, and further funding cuts to workforce programs likely in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, this raises difficult questions about the future of the nation's workforce investment system.  Go HERE for updates.  Back to top
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Statistics Report
June 2011, Wisconsin unemployment rate - 8.1% (unadjusted); 7.6% (seasonally adjusted)
June 2011 unemployment rate for our nine-county  NCWWDB area:  8.7% (unadjusted); the highest being Vilas with 10.4% unemployment
 (4th highest in the state)
 and the lowest being
Portage with 8%
(43rd highest in the state)
There were 11 *WARN notices given in WDA 6 during the period of  
January 1, 2011 thru
July 22, 2011. 

*WARN is a required communication for those employers with 50 or more employees.  Employers with fewer than 50 employees
may have laid people off
during this time.  
Training Report
From July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011 (PY 10),
NCWWDB served 338 Youth, 448 Adults, and 1,154 Dislocated Workers with WIA - funded programs.  Of the 448 Adults, 113 were served by the Opportunity Grant Program.
Special Training Projects
  • 5 participants enrolled in Advanced Welding training at Nicolet
  • 6 participants enrolled in and completed the Personal Care Worker Training at MSTC
  • 10 participants enrolled in Machine Tool/CNC training at NTC
  • 12 participants enrolled in Production Welding training at NTC
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Wisconsin Economic Development Association 2011 Fall Regional Conference

Radisson Hotel La Crosse

September 28, 2011 

Go here for more information or click here to register


 Hotel Information

There are two room blocks, Radisson Hotel &

the Holiday Inn

To receive the discounted room rate when making your reservation, mention the WEDA Room block.

The Room block for both hotels ends August 29, 2011. 



Workforce Programs

2011 Fall Roundtable

Thursday, September 1, 2011

8:45 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

 Alliant Energy Center 

Dane County - Exhibition Hall 

1919 Alliant Energy Center Way

Madison, WI  (608) 284-1234

Registration for the Roundtable will soon be available.  A block of rooms are reserved at the Clarion Suites Central, 2110 Rimrock Road in Madison.  To make room reservations, call the hotel at (608) 284-1234 and identify yourself as part of the DWD Roundtable.



WDA 6  

Job Center usage report reflects measured statistics comprised of the total number of clients utilizing the resources and core services available at the Adams; Antigo; Marshfield; Rhinelander; Wausau; 

and Wisconsin Rapids 

Job Centers during the month of June 2011.  

  • Total Clients - 4,029 
  • New Clients - 456
  •  Agency Visit - 1,507

    (e.g. W2, WIA, etc.)

  • Military Vet/Eligible Spouse - 310
  • Job Search JCoW -1,856
  • Resume/cover letter - 14
  • Job Search other - 299
  • Career Exploration - 166

* Depending on the number of services utilized per visit, clients may be included in 

more than one measure. 



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