The program is in its first year, said Kellagher, and is a joint effort with the Boy Scouts of America, Workforce Resource, and the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCED), as well as the businesses of Chippewa County.
The Chippewa Valley Council BSA was awarded a grant through the State of Wisconsin’s Blueprint for Prosperity program. The original vision came from Charlie Walker with the CCED, said Kellagher. Walker was the one who inspired the main idea and then he works with them to apply for the grant. The CCED is the link between the program and the businesses that host boot camps.
One thing that stood out for Kellagher was that there are two students participating in the Manufacturing Boot Camp that were also in the Explorers Program held at Spectrum.
“I thought that was pretty cool that they had a good experience with the program and that they decided to do the boot camp,” said Kellagher.