ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW)—Governor Scott Walker told staff and employees at L.B. White Company, he wants to help people become self sufficient and no longer rely on government.
Onalaska was one stop on his Forward Manufacturing Tour.
Gov. Walker said his policies are designed to make it easier for people to get a job, not simply harder for them to get government assistance.
He requires people on food stamps to work or attend employment training.
Gov. Walker said there are jobs available around the state in manufacturing and this plan will help government dependent people be ready for work.
He said there is money, in the budget, set aside for employment training programs.
"To get young people in our schools to start thinking about those kinds of jobs early on," Gov. Walker said. "To invest in infrastructure to make sure they get product to and from market to make sure today, not just for the future, we've got a steady supply of workers with the skills and opportunities needed to fill those jobs."
Gov. Walker said he would like to see career assessment programs beginning in sixth grade, and would like to expand dual enrollment so students can earn college credits while still in high school.
He hopes reaching out earlier will help fill the skills gaps we have.
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