Nine local Workforce Development Boards have been granted additional money to expand re-employment and re-training services to workers laid off from several companies across the state.
Governor Jim Doyle and Department of Workforce Development Secretary Roberta Gassman announced the grant money on Tuesday.
“This federal funding will help employees increase their skills and attain new employment sooner,” Governor Doyle said. “I am pleased the Department of Workforce Development is able to offer retraining and reemployment services tailored to meet the needs of individual workers.”
The grants, totaling $1.8 million in federal dislocated worker funds, are being awarded to the Workforce Development Boards for workers being laid off at 37 different companies. This funding is in addition to $4.1 million awarded since July 1, 2008 which will assist more than 4,000 workers.
Laid off workers are encouraged to contact their local Job Centers for assistance that can include testing, career counseling, retraining and job placement. The location of the nearest job center can be determined by calling toll-free 1-888-258-9966 or visiting the Department of Workforce Development's website at www.wisconsinjobcenter.org/directory/.
Statewide job listings are available on the Job Center of Wisconsin website at www.JobCenterOfWisconsin.com.
-Southeastern Wisconsin Workforce Development Area: $65,137 will be available to assist workers from Hexion, Greatwide, ZF Electronics, Plymouth Tube, JW Peters and Automated Building Components.
-Milwaukee Workforce Development Area: $135,000 for ER Wagner Manufacturing and Midwest Airlines workers.
-Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington County Workforce Development Area: $263,538 for workers from Cooper Power, Husco, Broan-Nutone, Steel Craft, Serigraph, and EST Company.
-Fox Valley Workforce Development Area: $217,680 to assist workers from Cummins and Circuit City.
-Bay Area Workforce Development Area: $287,466 for Marinette Marine workers.
-North Central Workforce Development Area: $379,366 for Wausau Homes, New Page, and Greenheck workers.
-West Central Workforce Development Area: $206,268 to assist workers from Andersen Windows, CEVA, NBI, Sanmina, Lorman Educations, SGI, Minnesota Rubber and Plastic, and Cummins.
-Western Workforce Development Area: $144,979 for Miniature Precision Components, La Crosse Footwear, Reinhart Real Estate Group, Cardinal IG, NCR Consumables, Trane Company, and Business Objects workers.
-Southwest Workforce Development Area: $150,000 to assist workers from Rockwell Industries.