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Baldwin Helps Deliver Nearly $1.5 Million to Connect Wisconsin Students with Good-Paying Jobs

WISCONSIN – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) announced that the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will receive $1,475,000 for its Unlocking Pathways Wisconsin initiative to connect more high school students with good-paying jobs upon graduation. The funding, from the Perkins Innovation and Modernization grant program, will go towards increasing career advising and navigation, dual enrollment, work-based learning, and workforce credentials for high school students. The funding will be allocated to 20 pilot high schools in Wisconsin, serving a total of more than 10,000 students, with each school receiving up to $45,000 per year.

“There are a lot of pathways to a middle-class life that do not require a four-year college degree, and we need to ensure that Wisconsin’s high school students know that and have the resources they need to land those good-paying jobs,” said Senator Baldwin. “I am proud to help bring home this funding to help Wisconsin schools and students connect with in-demand professions and better ensure that every student, no matter their background, has the opportunity to succeed in life afterward.”

The funding for the Perkins Innovation and Modernization grants is from the Baldwin-supported government funding bill. The investment for Wisconsin is part of a total of $25 million awarded to 16 states and the District of Columbia to build the capacity of education and workforce systems, partnered with business and industry, to develop new high-quality career-connected high school programs for more students.