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STATELINE NEWS -- Everyone comes to forks in the road along their career path. A new venture wants to provide Stateline teenagers with as many tools as possible in helping them make informed choices along their journeys and/or deciding which direction suits them best.

Hendricks CareerTek is a 4,000-square-foot youth career center located on the Ironworks campus, owned by longtime businesswoman Diane Hendricks, with initial funding of $500,000 coming through her holding company and family foundation.

STATELINE NEWS -- Gov. Scott Walker and other officials toured the new CareerTek facility Feb. 22, 2017 in Beloit.

Hendricks CareerTek, created by the Stateline Boys and Girls Club in collaboration with Diane Hendricks, Kim Bliss and the Hendricks Family Foundation, is a new career center located on the Beloit Ironworks campus.

The ribbon cutting was held Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017.

Led by Dr. Tina Salzman, business and education director, CareerTek will address the growing need for highly skilled workers in Beloit, specifically within the Ironworks campus itself.

The project was created by the Stateline Boys and Girls Club in collaboration with Diane Hendricks, Kim Bliss and the Hendricks Family Foundation.

(Video of Gov. Walker's remarks)

To make this a reality, Hendricks CareerTek has partnered with Irontek Business Incubator, the IT company Comply 365, the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce, the School District of Beloit, and other local businesses.

Hendricks CareerTek will provide career development, education and other opportunities to Beloit youth while also helping keep students in Wisconsin following high school and college graduation.

It will work to get students interested in potential careers, create a functional workforce for local Beloit businesses and the state of Wisconsin, and provide workshops and other educational services to complement skills that are in high-demand by today's workforce, such as coding, healthcare, manufacturing, and entrepreneurship.

Academic credit is not offered, but Hendricks CareerTek programs will provide tangible skills to students as they enter Wisconsin's workforce or pursue secondary education at a university, tech school or trade program.

BELOIT -- Diane Hendricks, co-founder of Beloit-based ABC supply, will donate $1.75 million to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to support research into better treatment options for breast cancer, the university announced.

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