State distributes grants to local youth apprenticeship programs

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


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.

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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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