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Applications now open for state apprenticeship grants


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Applications are now open for youth apprenticeship grant funding.

The program helps schools and other groups encourage kids to learn more about jobs through on the job experience. State youth apprenticeship director Cathy Crary says the program is aimed to school districts in partnership with local groups. "Secondary, post secondary institutions, we've got chambers of commerce involved, and there's a wide wide swath of technical colleges that are key players as well."

The programs aim to help students find another method of entering the workforce that isn't the traditional college route. "We all feel they need some kind of post-secondary continuing education, whether it's a credential or just keeping up in the workplace as far as skill sets go." Crary says groups will be able to help students find that nice through the program.

Under the program, students will need to graduate high school as well as spend 900 hours on the worksite they've chosen. "We hope that they're open and they have a portfolio that will show 'I not only graduated high school, but I've also earned some real life credentials' via the worksite work."

Applications can be found online at the DWD website. They're due Friday, April 25th.

ON THE WEB: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/youthapprenticeship/rfp.htm