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Deputy Secretary of Workforce Development praises Rhinelander apprenticeship programSubmitted: 05/24/2016
RHINELANDER - Figuring out what you want to do for a living can be a tough decision for a high schooler.

That's why getting to work in a local business before graduating could be a big help.

Representatives from the state's workforce development agency stopped at Rhinelander High School to highlight their youth apprenticeship program.

Students can do year-long paid apprenticeships with local businesses like Park City Credit Union, Rennes Health Center and French's Vet Clinic.

Staff, parents, and students joined Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell for a recognition breakfast Tuesday morning.

"Having these kids have the opportunity to get in and kind of fill those roles, assume some of these positions gives them the benefit of kind of trying on a career so to speak, as well as giving the businesses the opportunity to try on their talent," said Department of Workforce Development Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell.

About 10 students enrolled in the program this year.

Though the Northwoods recently lost manufacturers like Georgia Pacific and Caterpillar, Senator Tom Tiffany says programs like Rhinelander's give students a skill set for life.

"Let's say unfortunately a business does close that you're working in, you're going to be able to go to another business with those skills and be able to get a good job," said Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst. "That's what's really important is that you have that flexibility."

Maxwell also visited Nicolet College for a roundtable later in the morning.

Right now, there are more than 80,000 jobs listed on the state's "Job Center" website.

To see a listing of those jobs, click the link below.

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Job Center of Wisconsin

Story By: Anthony DaBruzzi

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