Wisconsin Lands $1.12 Million Federal Grant to Prepare Students for IT Jobs

The U.S. Labor Department has awarded Wisconsin a $1.12 million grant to continue a program that helps prepare students for careers in technology and other fields.

The program, called School-to-Work, provides youth apprenticeships in areas such as information technology, automobile technology and finance. This year, 1,570 youth apprentices are employed in 21 industries, and more than 1,000 state businesses train students from 365 school districts.

Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) announced the award earlier this week, proposing that it be used to add 5,000 students to the apprentice program.

Labor awarded the state a five-year, $27 million grant to build the School-to-Work program in 1994. The new allocation is a one-year grant.

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