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Demand for Welders on the Rise

Posted in In the News on January 8, 2015

News is good for central Wisconsin workers looking to pursue a career in welding. Over the next ten years, the demand for welders and machinists in central Wisconsin will be second only to health care, said Derek Heikkinen, business services director for the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board. “The problem that manufacturers are running into is there’s not enough talent in the talent pool for the supply to meet the demand right now,” Heikkinen said…

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Domtar Mill Closure Study Featured on WFHR Radio Morning Magazine

Posted in In the News on November 17, 2014

The Port Edwards Mill Closure Study was the topic of discussion on WFHR Radio’s Morning Magazine on 11/7/2014. The segment hosted by Carl Hilke, featured NCWWDB’s Ali Konkel, the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service’s Eric Giordano, and Incourage Community Foundation’s Rick Merdan…

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Heavy Metal Tour to give Kids a look at Manufacturing

Posted in In the News on October 1, 2014

While the Heavy Metal Bus Tour name might conjure images of face-melting guitar riffs and screaming fans, the event scheduled for Oct. 8, 2014 in north central Wisconsin has a slightly different objective. The buses will carry not rock stars, but eighth-grade students — about 3,200 of them…

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Boom or Bust?

Posted in In the News on September 17, 2014

Boom or Bust? Economic support experts point to skills gap, saying job training is best way to pull poor above poverty…

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15 North Central WI manufacturers taking part in $192,000 training grant

Posted in In the News on August 21, 2014

Citing Merit Gear in Antigo as a good example, Department of Workforce Development Secretary described Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) worker training initiative as having a major impact, benefiting workers, their families and employers in communities across Wisconsin…

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Rep. Katrina Shankland: Help available for displaced workers

Posted in In the News on August 12, 2014

Being laid off from your job can be traumatic, confusing and difficult. But dislocated workers in Portage County do not have to go it alone — there are resources and programs to help them make the transition back into the workforce as quickly as possible. With the news of the upcoming Roundy’s Copps Distribution Center closure, local elected officials, business partners and education providers are working together to respond to the closure and identify services to help the soon-to-be displaced Roundy’s workers. I recently co-hosted a meeting with the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board…

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Wisconsin Fast Forward – Round Three Highlights

Posted in In the News on August 5, 2014

DWD is seeking Wisconsin Fast Forward grant applications in the third round of grant opportunities. The nine occupations, with accompanying deadlines and dollar amounts include…

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President Obama Signs the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act!

Posted in In the News on July 22, 2014

It’s an exciting and important day for all of us who believe that re-investing in the most skilled and talented workforce in the world should be one of our nation’s top priorities. President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act…

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Former Employees Rebound after Mill Closure

Posted in In the News on July 22, 2014

About six years ago, the Domtar Paper Mill in Port Edwards shut its doors, leaving more than 500 workers without jobs. A recent report commissioned by the North Central WI Workforce Development Board, says those workers are bouncing back…

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Domtar ROI Report Presentation

Posted in In the News on June 26, 2014

Watch the video presentation for the Domtar Return-on-Investment Report featuring Eric Giordano, Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy & Service (WIPPS).

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