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Walker, Petri visit Sheboygan to promote manufacturing jobs, education


SHEBOYGAN, WI (WHBL) - Governor Scott Walker and Congressman Tom Petri were in Sheboygan Wednesday to help promote efforts to train more people for manufacturing jobs.  Both joined state and local political, education and business leaders in a “Kickoff Your Manufacturing Career” event, put on by Lakeshore Technical College and Vollrath.

Walker praised LTC for their partnerships with businesses and school districts in making sure there are qualified people available to fill manufacturing jobs. He used the event to promote the opportunity for state businesses to receive a grant through the Wisconsin Fast Forward program that will fund ways to train skilled workers in Wisconsin.

Petri spoke about how important manufacturing is to the area and how local entities are helping to train people to fill jobs that have changed over the years, from just working a machine to knowing how to create and maintain them. He said he has introduced legislation in Congress to provide more flexibility for the use of federal funds that can help finance job training programs.

The event also featured LTC's Advanced Manufacturing Mobile Lab, which allows the technical college to bring manufacturing curriculum to schools and businesses across the area.  Inside, it features a welding simulation booth, and robotic machinery that can control a ferris wheel and kick a football.