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Gov. Evers visits Western Tech as part of statewide tour promoting health care jobs in Wisconsin



Creating more jobs for healthcare workers in Wisconsin is a top priority right now for Governor Tony Evers. He’s been touring the state this week, checking out medical training programs.

On Wednesday, Evers was given a tour of the Western Technical College health education facilities in La Crosse. The governor says Wisconsin has to do something to help communities such as Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, where hospitals will close later this year.

Gov. Evers watches a demonstration of virtual technology on the Western Tech campus in La Crosse

“You can’t let this all happen,” Evers told reporters after seeing classrooms and labs at the Kumm Building on the Western campus, including some lifelike mannequins used by health care students. “The good news is, the thousand people that are gonna be laid off, they’re gonna find jobs.”

Evers has just created a task force on healthcare jobs, to be led by Lt. Gov. Sara Rodriguez, which will study ways to increase employment and the quality of care at Wisconsin hospitals. The governor says a declining population base in the state poses a challenge to filling healthcare jobs.

“How can we get more people into the system, if we’re starting with pretty much zero growth or almost zero growth?” said Evers. “That’s something that they’re gonna have to work on. I don’t have any answers, but we need to do whatever we can.”

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Carol Herlitzka

    February 1, 2024 at 7:29 am

    Tell these students to Work, not just get a job and Paycheck. To do nothing!

  2. Kevin

    February 1, 2024 at 3:36 pm

    Clearly the solution here is to promote more abortions or abortion tourism. Killing the unborn and advertising that we are a state the promotes killing the unborn will certainly increase the population of these population centers, provide wisconsin a larger labor pool.

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