Governor Evers Announces Over $5 Million in Workforce Innovation Grants to Support Wisconsin’s Healthcare Workforce

RIVER FALLS – Governor Tony Evers announced today that more than $5 million in grants under the second round of the Workforce Innovation Grants program will be awarded to the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) and at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, through the University. of Wisconsin (UW) System Board of Regents, for training efforts that support long-term solutions to challenges facing Wisconsin’s healthcare workforce.

“While no industry or community has been immune to the workforce challenges facing our state, one of the hardest hit industries in recent years has undoubtedly been our industry. of health,” Governor Evers said. “Prioritizing programs that help ensure a strong future for our healthcare workforce has never been more important, and I am delighted to announce funding to support two essential programs that not only help individuals find jobs successful in the industry, but ensure we have the manpower to also train the next generation of healthcare providers.

The announcement comes as the governor proclaimed National Practical Nurses Week in the state of Wisconsin earlier this week and builds on the governor’s previous efforts to support practical nurse training for more than 160 members of the Guard. national Wisconsin to relieve long-term care facilities. in the whole state. Last month, the Governor also announced a $6 million expansion to the WisCaregiver Careers Workforce Development Program, which will expand the current program and recruit qualified employers to accommodate up to 3,000 new job openings. DAC training. The funds will support employee recruitment and success through retention bonuses, reimbursements and employer success bonuses and mentorships.

The first round of Workforce Innovation Grants was announced in December 2021 when the Governor announced that 12 regional projects would receive up to $59.5 million in grants. Last summer, Governor Evers announced a groundbreaking $130 million investment in workforce solutions across the state. The second round of Workforce Innovation Grants brings this total investment to more than $158.5 million, including:

  • Over $128 million for the Workforce Innovation Grant Program to encourage regions and communities to develop cutting-edge, long-term solutions to workforce challenges faced by the state as a result of COVID-19;
  • $20 million for the Worker Advancement Initiative, which provides unemployed workers with subsidized employment and job training opportunities with local employers; and
  • $10 million for a Worker Connection program, which provides career coaches to the workforce who will connect with people trying to re-engage in the workforce after the pandemic.

As Wisconsin continues to experience labor shortages that existed long before the pandemic began, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) released the preliminary data last week. the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) employment report for the month of May, which not only showed Wisconsin’s unemployment rate continues to remain below the national average at 2.9%, but also at a all-time high of 3,059,300 Wisconsin employees.

On Tuesday, Governor Evers announced the first three recipients of the second round of the Workforce Innovation Grant program. Additionally, earlier today, the Governor announced three other grant recipients who are working to expand learning opportunities for young people, provide advanced manufacturing skills, and provide scholarships to students pursuing a career in education. Additional recipients will be announced as they become available, and a full list of grant recipients will be released in the coming days. The two projects announced by the Governor today will receive a total of up to $5 million in grants under the second round of the Workforce Innovation Grants program, and include:

WISCAP | up to ~4.9 million
Serving more than 48 counties statewide, WISCAP plans to use these funds to help low-income people enroll in training and education for careers in healthcare personnel. WISCAP will offer services such as tuition and other expense coverage and provide additional counseling and support. CNA participants may also receive on-site training at a long-term care facility.

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay | up to ~376,000
Serving Brown, Manitowoc and Winnebago counties, UW-Green Bay plans to use these funds for a co-clinical instructor program that will expand nursing faculty capacity through a new clinical placement collaboration between employers. premises of the health sector and the nursing program of the University. This would be the first program of its kind to be offered in the state of Wisconsin with the ability to provide regional clinical training capacity for 152 nursing students over the life of the project.

Michael A. Bynum