WATCH: Gov. Evers announces $29 million for Eau Claire workforce projects

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WKBT) -A little more than $29 million will support projects in Eau Claire aimed at workforce challenges in Wisconsin.

Governor Tony Evers announce the support Tuesday morning through the first round of Workforce Innovation Grants.

As much as $10 million will support Chippewa Valley Technical College to help teach metal fabrication workers.

And UW-Eau Claire will get up to $9.4 million help connect healthcare, education and social work students with rural communities.

“This proposal includes partnering with school districts and social service organizations in 16 counties to place students working toward their education in social work degrees in rural settings to encourage them to stay and build their careers in rural Wisconsin,” said Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers.

Ten additional regional projects around the state will share about $40 million dollars.

He was joined by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes and Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek.

You can watch his speech and press conference on the News 8 Now Facebook page.

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