BELOIT, Wis. - Gov. Scott Walker was at a local school recognizing it as an example in the effort to train students for manufacturing and technical jobs.
Walker and State School Superintendent Tony Evers toured Beloit Memorial High School's manufacturing facilities Monday. The school is home to a state-of-the-art technical education program that prepares students for manufacturing jobs by giving them access to the kind of equipment they'd see out in the field.
Students at Beloit learn about welding, cabinetry and millwork, among other schools.
"There's not just good work. These are good jobs, good careers with good pay, good benefits and long-sustaining type jobs so it's good to see young people here really getting a head start," Walker said. "I think it will be a mecca not just for students here in Beloit but for smaller school districts that don't have facilities to do this."
Walker said he's encouraging other districts to come up with similar programs.