Governor Scott Walker recently outlined his plans to expand the state’s Youth Apprenticeship program.
Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program is one of the oldest such programs in the nation. It was established in 1991 and is designed for high school students who want hands-on learning in an occupational area at a worksite along with classroom instruction.
Youth Apprenticeships are currently open to high school juniors and seniors as a one- or two-year elective program that combines academic and technical instruction with mentored on-the-job learning.
Among other things, the governor’s proposal would open the program to students in all high school grades as well as to students in seventh and eighth grades.
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Two mandates that were initially proposed by Gov. Walker and subsequently removed by the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) as non-fiscal policy have been restored in the budget plan released by the state Senate GOP.
These provisions require school districts to compile and include on school report cards various career-ready indicators and include “success sequence” information in academic and career planning services. Continue reading School Report Card, Academic/Career Plan Mandates Restored in Senate GOP Budget Plan
As we mentioned in a previous post, a group of rural Republican legislators recently announced the Rural Wisconsin Initiative, a package of seven pieces of legislation aimed at creating opportunities in out-state Wisconsin.
These bills are scheduled for a public hearing in the Assembly Mining and Rural Development Committee:
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Assembly Bill 793 Relating to: the teacher loan program. This bill expands eligibility for an existing student loan forgiveness program to teachers employed in rural school districts as defined by the bill. ( The WASB will likely register in support of this bill.) Continue reading Rural Wisconsin Initiative Bills Scheduled for Public Hearing Thursday
A group of rural Republican legislators led by Reps. Ed Brooks (Reedsburg), Romaine Quinn (Rice Lake), and Travis Tranel (Cuba City) announced the Rural Wisconsin Initiative, an initial package of seven pieces of legislation that they hope will jump-start a conversation on opportunities in out-state Wisconsin.
The plan includes bills that will boost funding for broadband expansion grants, increase available resources for youth apprenticeship grants, expand a student loan repayment program for rural teachers, and encourage expanded STEM education programs among others.
To view the full plan or offer suggestions, visit www.RuralWisconsinInitiative.com
Two K-12 education-related task forces create by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) are set to hold hearings on Tuesday, Sept. 29.
The Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education will hold its first meeting in Madison at 1:00 PM in Room 412 East, State Capitol. The focus will be on teacher recruitment and retention in urban school systems.
Invited speakers will include: Jennifer Cheatham, Superintendent, Madison Metropolitan School District; Ray Cross, President, University of Wisconsin System; and representatives of the Department of Public Instruction, Teach for America, Leadership for Educational Equity, and the Coordinator of Teacher Education, Milwaukee Area Technical College.
At the conclusion of the invited testimony, the Task Force will accept public testimony regarding the focus topics of teacher recruitment, retention and training.
The Speaker’s Task Force on Youth Workforce Readiness will hold its second meeting in Wausau at 11:00 AM at Northcentral Technical College. The hearing will take place in Room 1004 – Auditorium, Center for Health Sciences, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401. Continue reading Two Assembly Task Forces to Hold Hearings Next Tues. (Sept. 29)
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) recently announced $2.2 million in Youth Apprenticeship (YA) grant awards to 32 regional consortiums. These grants will expand training opportunities for high school students across Wisconsin for the upcoming school year, and allow them to get a jump-start on learning the skills they need for in-demand jobs.
The Youth Apprenticeship program allows students to get hands-on learning in high-demand fields. They get a head start on their future careers by earning college credit, state skill certification, and real world work experience. Continue reading Schools Helping to Grow Our Workforce: Youth Apprenticeship Grants Awards Announced