Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson announced more than $1.6 million in Youth Apprenticeship grants to help fund 31 partnerships in school-to-work training during the new school year. The Sparta Area School District received $16,159.
The Youth Apprenticeship Program is a worksite mentoring program that requires students to complete relevant classroom instruction with work skill competencies. To date, 30 Sparta area employers have participated as mentoring worksites and as many as 22 students have participated annually.
“Youth Apprenticeship is an excellent example of the partnerships Governor Walker says we need to prepare a new generation of skilled workers and make Wisconsin the workforce of choice,” Newson said. This grant will be used in Sparta to assist with the operation of the program and funding a coordinator’s position in the school district.
“Under this grant, students are able to apply what they are learning in their classes in the high school to real world opportunities in business,” said Tom Steward, director of curriculum and instruction for Sparta schools.
The Sparta Area School District is always seeking new work opportunities for their students. If your business would be willing to participate as a mentoring worksite, please contact the high school for more information.