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Three from Rock County named to Workforce Investment Council

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Gazette staff
June 11, 2011

Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday named three Rock County people as members of his Council on Workforce Investment.


The council will advise Walker and the Department of Workforce Development on employment and training services and the allocation of federal funds, which total about $55 million this year.


The council consists of 39 members, primarily state and local officials, private sector executives and labor leaders.


The Rock County members are:


-- Robert Borremans, chief executive officer of the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board.


-- Mark Cullen, chairman of J.P. Cullen & Sons in Janesville.


-- Diane Hendricks, chair of ABC Supply Co. in Beloit.


Scott Baumbach, the department’s interim secretary, said the council has started to work on strategies to improve the alignment of education and job training systems, target resources more effectively by economic region and industry sectors and allocate funds giving priority to regional partnerships that create pathways and ensure a pipeline of skilled workers.


“By creating a better alignment between and stronger collaborations across public, private, educational and other stakeholders, we will create a stronger, more nimble workforce-development system that furthers job creation efforts under Gov. Walker’s leadership,” Baumbach said.


Walker’s goal is to create 250,000 jobs by 2015. He said Thursday that 25,000 new private-sector jobs have been created this year, and the council will play a key role in meeting his goal.



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