Operation Fresh Start to receive $3.3 million grant

Operation Fresh Start will receive $3.3 million over three years from the Workforce Innovation Grant Program, a collaboration between the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and the Department of Workforce Development, according to a release from Operation Fresh Start. The funding that will begin in January 2022 aims to help solve the workforce challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has caused by encouraging the design and implementation of innovative plans.

Operation Fresh Start will use the funding to transform existing programing into a singular Build Academy. The Build Academy will provide industry-focused instruction leading to family-supporting employment in the construction and land management fields for more than 150 young people during the three-year grant cycle. Build Academy participants will earn a wage of $15/hour while engaging in three to nine months of training and employment transition services. Participants will earn a pre-apprenticeship certification and gain support transitioning into employment upon program completion.