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WITC-Ladysmith receives $25,000 for job training

Wisconsin State Senator Russ Decker was on hand at WITC-Ladysmith branch on Monday, October 19, to mark the awarding of a $25,000 grant for job retraining programs in Rusk County.

Wisconsin State Senator Russ Decker was on hand at WITC-Ladysmith branch on Monday, October 19, to mark the awarding of a $25,000 grant for job retraining programs in Rusk County. Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (NWCEP) will be project partners in the training of dislocated workers in the county.

 Senator Decker, himself a technical college graduate, lauded WITC as being fully prepared to help dislocated workers in northwest Wisconsin train for the jobs that employers will need to fill. With unemployment in Rusk County doubling in the past year, this grant will increase career educational opportunities for those in need.

 Jerilyn Dunlap, WITC-Ladysmith Branch Manager, said that the funds will be used to offer programs for students to earn Microsoft Office Computer certificates and Industrial Maintenance certificates, two skill areas that have been identified as a priority in preparation to meet employer needs. There are also other programs and certificates that can be completed through the Ladysmith branch.

 Those who would like more information about educational opportunities through WITC can attend an open house at the Ladysmith branch on Wednesday, October 29, from 3 to 6 p.m. Instructors, admission counselors and financial aid representatives will be on hand. There will also be a special session on earning a GED/HSED, which is a free service, from 5:30 to 6 p.m. For any questions about the open house or what the WITC-Ladysmith branch has to offer, call 800.243.WITC, ext. 5600, or 715.532.3399.