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State awards grants to train 1,800 workers in 16 counties for jobs in needed sectors

May 30, 2014

By Karen Rivedal, The Wisconsin State Journal

May 30--The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development will award grants totaling $908,529 to help 33 employers in 16 counties train about 1,829 people for new jobs or better pay in the fields of information technology or health care or in small businesses employing 50 or fewer workers.

In Dane County, information technology companies 100 Health, Adorable IO, Getty Images, Murfie and Yahara Software will share a grant of $68,005 to provide training for 20 workers in Ruby, HTML5/CSS, JavaScript, Node.js and user experience design, according to a release from Workforce Development.

In the health care sector, Dane County'sCommunity Living Alliance will share an $82,418 grant with four other companies and the Wisconsin Personal Services Association in Crawford, Washington, Racine and Milwaukee counties.

The training in dementia care and direct care competencies will be provided through the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources in Madison for up to 20 caregiver trainers from the five grant recipients who then in turn will train a total of 1,025 existing workers from their organizations.

For small businesses, the state will award $19,900 for 24 workers in four businesses in Dane and Columbia counties.

The River Bakery in Madison will provide the training in food safety, baking mathematics and commercial baking concepts and practices to Java Cat Coffee House in Madison, Market Street Diner in Sun Prairie, Johnson's Sausage Shoppe and Catering in Rio and Macchiatos Coffee House in DeForest.

Companies receiving grants must meet certain job and wage outcomes, the state said.


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