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Governor awards $10 million to veterans programs

MADISON – Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday announced the awarding of $10 million in federal dollars that will benefit a variety of Wisconsin veterans programs. The investments are based on recommendations made last month by the governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Veteran Opportunity. Veterans programs to receive funding The veterans programs, to be funded through […]

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E.C. Styberg Engineering Aims To Hire, Train Underserved Populations

RACINE – E.C. Styberg Engineering Co. has been awarded a state Workforce Equity Grant for training workers, primarily from underserved populations, in advanced manufacturing. Further, the $306,190 grant will allow the company to recruit, train, and provide on-the-job coaching to roughly 25 people. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development funding will help the workers earn […]


‘I got nothing left’: Wisconsin’s jobless pushed to brink as ideas swirl for mending torn safety net

By Bram Sable-Smith WPR/Wisconsin Watch Brandon Cacek filed for unemployment insurance in mid-March last year after losing his substitute teaching job due to the pandemic. He’s still waiting for that crucial aid 11 months later. “I keep leaving out hope that I’m going to get some kind of assistance through this,” said Cacek, 40, a […]

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DHS Launches Multimedia Campaign Encouraging Wisconsinites to Enter Health Care Field

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS), and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced today the launch of WisHealth Careers, a multimedia campaign to encourage Wisconsinites across the state to enter the health care field. “Our ability to fight COVID-19 depends on having a robust workforce caring for […]

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As the nation reckons with race, a mother awaits unemployment aid — and Wisconsin officials lack research

Alfreida Casterlow could hardly bear her first weeks working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. Disrupted routines upset her 20-year-old autistic daughter. Casterlow, 43, would try to keep her daughter engaged. She would lie alongside her, rubbing her forehead to soothe her — all while continuing to operate switchboards for Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee. Then […]

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Reversing course: Wisconsin seeks federal OK to aid the unemployed with disabilities

After issuing a slew of denials, state regulators are now pushing to give federal pandemic aid to laid-off Wisconsinites with disabilities.  The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is asking the U.S. Department of Labor to allow it to issue Pandemic Unemployment Assistance  — a program under Congress’ disaster stimulus bill — to unemployed workers […]

Posted inEmployment, Resources

High School Students to gain skills for a welding career

Through a $100,000 Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Fast Forward grant award given to Gateway Technical College, some high school students will have the opportunity to build the skills necessary for an in-demand career in welding. With this grant, 34 high school students from schools located in Gateway’s district will get the opportunity to […]

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Man No-Show to Face Charges of Unemployment Fraud

A 48-year-old Caledonia man is facing felony charges after officials with the Department of Workforce Development say he defrauded the state when he filed unemployment claims despite being employed. Online court records confirm Michael Koshen was a no-show in court Thursday to face a single felony charge of fraud. If convicted, he faces up to […]

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Woman Charged with Stealing Unemployment Benefits

Officials with the Department of Workforce Development say a former Racine woman stole over $11,000 in unemployment benefits even while she was working. Holly Chabbouh, 35, was charged Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of theft. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison and/or up to $25,000 in […]

Posted inBusiness, Community, Wisconsin Jobs

Work On Your GED, Skills At Adult Education Center

Racine County, in partnership with Gateway Technical College, is extending the summer hours of the Adult Education Center (AEC) at Workforce Solutions located at 1717 Taylor Avenue in Racine. The AEC is an open lab where community members who want to prepare for the General Education Diploma (GED) or upgrade their basic academic, computer and […]

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Racine Records State’s Largest Jobless Rate Decline

Jobless rates declined statewide, but the City of Racine recorded the largest decline in major metropolitan areas, according to a report from the state Department of Workforce Development. In a report released Wednesday, DWD notes that unemployment claims fell across the state, up to .9 percent in Racine, the largest decline recorded. Rates range from […]

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Stinson Gets 30 Days in Jail, $1,000 Fine for Welfare Fraud

The 33-year-old Racine woman accused of bilking the state out of more than $47,000 in welfare funds will spend time in jail and have to pay a fine after she accepted a plea deal. In exchange for a guilty plea to misdemeanor public assistance fraud, Racine County Circuit Court Judge Michael Piontek sentenced Joanna Stinson […]

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Age Discrimination Allegations Against Caledonia Police Department Unfounded

The Equal Rights Division of the Department of Workforce Development determined that allegations made by a long-time cop against that the Caledonia Police Department for discriminated were unfounded, according to a story by the Journal Times. Caledonia police Sgt. Robert Kittel filed a complaint in September against the command staff in his department alleging that […]

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Despite Drop, Racine Tops Unemployment Rate List

Despited seeing improvements in its unemployment rate, Racine still topped the list with the highest unemployment rate in the state and Caledonia had the lowest unemployment rate. However, the employment outlook is starting to look better. Racine’s unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in Sept., a 1.7 percent decrease compared with the same period a year ago, according […]

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