New Walker TV ad touts plan to expand youth apprenticeship programs

Gov. Scott Walker rolled out a new TV ad today that highlights his proposal to expand youth apprenticeship programs now available only to high school juniors and seniors to students as young as the seventh grade.

Along with the ad, which will also run on digital platforms, Walker’s campaign released an overview that showed 4,365 students participated in the program during the 2017-18 school year with $3.9 million in grants from the Department of Workforce Development to support the effort.

The campaign didn’t say how much the expansion would cost.

Walker opens the ad saying Wisconsin is “rethinking K-12 education” and he later adds that means giving “high school graduates options other than a four-year degree” and the state doubled funding for fab labs “so students can get the hands on technical experience employers are looking for.”

In between Walker’s lines, students say “technical design,” “electrician,” “metal fabrication” and “computer programming.”

“Our new plan expands youth apprenticeship programs so seventh- and eighth-graders can get a jump-start on the skilled trades,” Walker says.

A student then closes the spot, “And keep Wisconsin working for generations to come.”

It is the 15th ad of Walker’s re-election bid, and his campaign said it will run statewide.

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