Gov. Walker signs ‘Fast Forward’ bill, visits Western in La Crosse

Bill looks to fill the state's skills gap

Wisconsin’s governor is hoping to fill the state’s skills gap with a new bill he signed Monday.

The Fast Forward bill spends more than $35 million on worker training efforts like those at Western Technical College.

Governor Scott Walker visited Western Monday morning to talk about it.

The money will go to a series of grants to cut down on waiting lists at technical college, help high school students get job training in high demand fields, and help people with disabilities find work.

“Helping make people make that connection, connecting the dots between people looking for work or looking for a better job, and the skills that are needed for some really rather good paying careers that are available in the state of Wisconsin,” said Gov. Walker.

The money for the grants is coming from the nearly $1 bilion state budget surplus.