Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 11, 2014
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
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DWD & La Crosse Workforce Partners Officially Open New Workforce Development Center, One-Stop Location for Job Seekers, Employers

Key programs now under one roof, with more space, improved access, better service

LA CROSSE – With the new Workforce Development Center officially opened today, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson cited the comprehensive, one-stop job center as an example of collaborative efforts to better connect job seekers with employers and move Wisconsin forward.

"Under Governor Walker's leadership, we are working with our partners to better serve job seekers and employers at many levels," Secretary Newson said. "Governor Walker has made substantial investments in workforce development, most notably his Wisconsin Fast Forward initiative with grants funding collaborative, customized worker training that is employer driven. At the Workforce Development Center and other locations, we have a new job search tool, Skill Explorer, that lets job seekers explore more employment opportunities, based on their skills, instead of job titles. We and our partners are ready to serve employers and all job seekers, our veterans and people with disabilities in particular."

Appearing on Secretary Newson's behalf, Deputy Secretary Jonathan Barry took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony. In brief remarks, Deputy Secretary Barry noted the DWD Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) now shares the same La Crosse location with Division of Employment and Training (DET), which includes DET staff from Job Service, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards, Office of Veterans Services and Office of Economic Advisors.

The new location offers several advantages for customers and taxpayers beyond bringing the employment programs under one roof. The new Workforce Development Center is close to public transportation, provides ample adjacent parking for staff and visitors, and has ground-floor space for workforce programs serving job seekers, dislocated workers, veterans, people with disabilities and other customers.

On June 25, DWD, the Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board and other partners moved from the old Job Center location at 402 N. Eighth St., on the Western Technical College Campus to the East Ward Commerce Center. At that time, DVR staff moved from its offices at 124 N. 6th St. During the move, online services remained available.

The new center at 2615 East Avenue South opened June 30. Job Center phone numbers for DWD and partner programs remain the same.