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Gov. Walker's plan aimed at giving workers new skills

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Governor Scott Walker's work plan is aimed at giving both employed and unemployed workers new skills.

"One of the interesting things I've found in the last two years as your Governor is, in many places we have jobs available, the challenge is, we don't have enough people available with the skill set to fill those jobs," said Gov. Walker.

The plan will cost about $132 million dollars and he said it will increase the number of skilled workers throughout the Badger State. One example he uses: healthcare.

"Having the ability to not just train them through our medical schools, but then to have residencies that keep them and attract them to rural hospitals, I just think that's tremendously important," said Gov. Walker.

Governor Walker said the plan will help connect skilled workers with job openings across the state. He said the plan will also provide more funding to schools and colleges that will train students for high demand jobs.

"In one part of the state it might be manufacturing, in another part of the state it might be great need in the timber industry, in another part of the state it might be long term care and certified nursing assistants," said Gov. Walker.

Educators at Nicolet College said the demand for welders is growing.

"We've doubled the capacity of our program in terms of the number of times that we offer classes," said Nicolet College Dean, Brigitte Parsons.

That's not the only field needing skilled workers.

"Welding, industrial mechanics, electro-mechanics, anything in manufacturing and also the healthcare industry," said Parsons.

Administrators said they've seen more interest from people looking to learn new skills.

"We've seen about a 9.8 percent increase in enrollment," said Parsons.

Governor Walker said the plan is already part of his upcoming budget and about $100 million dollars is coming from taxpayers.

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