Whether you call it a skills gap.
a labor market mis-match.
or simply the changing economy.
Local and federal government officials are starting
to spend more money on the issue of unemployment.
President Obama recently signed the Workforce Innovation
and Opportunity Act.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
Train skilled workers
Match workers to jobs that need filling
Improve business engagement
Hold organizations accountable
The goal is to train Americans with the skills employers
and then match them to good jobs that need to be filled
Officials plan to do this by working with local businesses
to create federally funded training programs.
and holding them accountable
Wisconsin's government is providing funding to colleges
to help cut down on waiting lists for high-demand
News eight's Brittany Schmidt has more.
local labor market analyst says training workers for
a specific job...is a work in progress....
Lets say you have a batch of people that need some
updating on their skills, so you update their skills
and get them into the job market, by the time that
churns, there is a new batch of people that in a lot
of cases need their skills updated.
It seems like a never ending cycle...
It's successful, but it is also an ongoing process.
But a new grant from the state of Wisconsin to Western
Technical College of La Crosse, is hoping to speed
up the process and get even more skilled workers into
192 people will have a chance at additional training.
Western is set to receive one-point-five million in
Wisconsin Fast Forward Grant dollars...
it's part of the 28-million Wisconsin Gov.
Scott Walker has set aside for his Blueprint for Prosperity
These will be new students, they will either be on
waiting lists or in some cases they will be individuals
who applied in the past but are now coming back because
they now have an opportunity.
The grant money will be used to train individuals
in certain fields where jobs are most abundant by
providing more classes in targeted fields.
We are finding good paying jobs are opening up in
We are certainly hearing tha welders is one job that
comes to mind pretty quick.
The medical field is also looking for some new hires.
Gundersen Health System contacted us and they were
looking for another 40-45 medical assistants.
this is actually going to allow us to have the capacity
to provide that number.
It's no secret the economy is getting better...experts
say jobs are opening up....
but now it's time to
fill those high-demand jobs sooner...rather
In La Crosse, Brittany Schmidt, News 8
Western is only one of 16 technical colleges throughout
the state receiving the grant.