By expanding efforts in programs like Project SEARCH, Wisconsin has become a national leader in hiring individuals with disabilities. Thanks to Governor Walker’s leadership, more people are finding meaningful careers and entering our state’s workforce.
The governor’s latest digital ad features Daniel, a 2017 Project SEARCH graduate who earned a job at the Milwaukee County Zoo after graduating. Following that, he took the initiative to earn another job at The Home Depot that came with a raise, and he has since moved on to yet another opportunity in groundskeeping that pays even more.
Find out how Gov. Walker is developing our workforce with people with disabilities through Wisconsin’s Project SEARCH and other programs:
- Under Governor Walker’s leadership, Project SEARCH has expanded and Wisconsin has become a national leader in hiring disabled workers.
- The success rate for Project SEARCH in Wisconsin is 88 percent – one of the best in the country. Eight years ago, there was just one program site in the state. When the next school year starts, there will be 27 statewide.
- Governor Walker’s 2017-2019 biennial budget includes several initiatives to promote employment for people with disabilities, including:
- $185 million for the Department of Workforce Development’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
- $1.5 million for Special Education Transitions Readiness Investment Grants, which help districts start programs that connect disabled students to the workforce.
- $6.1 million for Special Education Transitions Incentive Grants, which reward districts that help disabled students connect to the workforce.