DWD Secretary Newson talks about "Fast Forward" program

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OSSEO, Wis. (WEAU) The Wisconsin Secretary for Workforce Development was in our area Wednesday, checking in on how Governor Walker's new Wisconsin Fast Forward program is working.

Secretary Reggie Newson toured Global Finishing Solutions in Osseo.

The business received a first round "Fast Forward" grant from the program to train current and future workers for specific needs in the company.

Newson says the grant money is being put to good use.

"It's important that we invest dollars in training people for those high demand jobs of today and tomorrow, that's why it's important we work high schools to make sure high school student, their parents, guardians, aunts, and uncles understand what the high demand jobs are and how to develop the skills to fill those jobs," says Newson.

The Wisconsin Fast Forward initiative was passed last year.

A message to Mary Burke's office wasn't immediately returned.