SOFTEC Education, MREA win Wisconsin Fast Forward grants

Article originally published by The Daily Reporter.

Businesses and organizations across Wisconsin are getting more than $1.65 million in grants from the Department of Workforce Development, including in construction. The grants are part of DWD’s Wisconsin Fast Forward initiative that provides targeted funds to support worker training, education and recruitment…

…The DWD also awarded $73,810 to Midwest Renewable Energy Association (Portage County), which is partnering with Arch Electric, Midwest Solar Power, Pieper Electric, SunPeak LLC, and Westphal & Co. to provide training to 79 unemployed trainees and 15 incumbent workers in basic solar photovoltaics skills and job safety. The program will give trainees the opportunity to train and test for industry-recognized certifications. Training for incumbent employees will provide advanced technical skills and give them the required course hours toward advanced industry certifications.