Grants to help train more than 200 workers with disabilities

Special to The Freeman

Nov. 13, 2014

MILWAUKEE — Gov. Scott Walker announced Thursday a plan to award more than $600,000 in worker training grants to help more than 200 people with disabilities develop skills to reach employment goals.

The grants are supported through Walker’s $35.4 million Wisconsin Fast Forward — Blueprint for Prosperity initiative, which invests in worker training to move Wisconsin’s working families along a path toward greater prosperity and independence, according to the announcement.

The announcements were made at the St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care in Milwaukee and at the Opportunity Development Center in Marshfield.

“This year, we proclaimed the Year of A Better Bottom Line to encourage and promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities,” Walker said. “Today, I am pleased to announce additional support to prepare more than 200 workers with disabilities for careers across Wisconsin. Not only will this help workers, but with their diverse strengths and skills, it will improve a company's bottom line and spur economic growth.”

The Department of Workforce Development's Office of Skills Development is administering the grant program. Grants will be awarded to the Milwaukee Center for Independence, Inc. in Milwaukee County in the amount of $99,125, Grand Geneva, LLC in Walworth County in the amount of $35,508, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc. in Milwaukee County for $53,087, St. Ann Center For Intergenerational Care, Inc. in Milwaukee County for $30,460 and Easter Seals of Southeast Wisconsin, Inc. (Marriott), Milwaukee County for $43,000.

For a summary of each grant award or more information on Wisconsin Fast Forward visit