State distributes grants to local youth apprenticeship programs

Programs in southeastern Wisconsin will receive more than $550,000

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Southeastern Wisconsin youth apprenticeship programs will receive more than $550,000 in state grants for the 2016-’17 school year.

Gov. Scott Walker announced Wednesday the state would distribute $3.2 million total in grants to support 32 regional YA programs across Wisconsin.

Seven programs in Milwaukee, Kenosha and Waukesha counties received grants.

Wisconsin’s YA program was established in 1991 as part of a statewide “school-to-work” initiative that combines a traditional high school education with on-site work experience. Students who complete the program receive technical college credit and, in theory, enough experience and skills to obtain an entry-level job in certain fields.

Here’s how much each of the seven programs in southeastern Wisconsin will get:

  • Career Plus YA in Milwaukee County – $45,000
  • CESA 1 YA in Milwaukee County – $22,500
  • Milwaukee Public Schools – $39,600
  • South Shore Suburban Consortium in Milwaukee County – $31,500
  • Gateway District Youth Apprenticeship Consortium in Kenosha County – $22,500
  • GPS Education Partners in Waukesha County – $196,200
  • Waukesha County School-to-Work Partnership – $201,600

According to a statement released by Walker Wednesday, 83 percent of students enrolled in the youth apprenticeship program graduated and 80 percent of the graduates were offered employment upon completion of the program.

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Ben Stanley, former BizTimes Milwaukee reporter.

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