Businesses in Waukesha County need a pipeline of skilled talent, and the Alliance works to build that by preparing students to be successful in the job opportunities that exist in the marketplace. The economic vitality of our region depends on it. We will support Waukesha County students in being both college and career ready by ensuring that students are informed consumers of education through awareness of all available post-secondary options.

  1. Accelerate workforce development by increasing access to higher education credits and credentials for students enrolled in high school.
  2. Support expansion of youth apprenticeship and internship opportunities.
  3. Advocate for increasing program offerings in STEM and other in-demand industries, including manufacturing, construction/skilled trades, health care and information technology.
  4. Improve articulation agreements among education institutions.
  5. Support collaboration among Waukesha County K-12 institutions to maximize course offerings and replicate best practices.
  6. Support schools in the effective implementation of Academic and Career Plans (ACPs).

We encourage our members to get involved and support our efforts to ensure a strong, pro-business climate in Waukesha County and its surroundings. If you are interested in joining a policy committee, please contact us.

Waukesha County school districts awarded DWD Fast Forward Grants

At least two of our Waukesha County districts were awarded DWD Fast Forward grants to expand their manufacturing programs, through the Advanced Manufacturing Technical Education Equipment Grant. Announcements just came out, so we’ll let you know if we hear of other local districts who were awarded grants. This is great news for Waukesha County and […]

Academic & Career Planning

The goal of Academic & Career Planning (ACP) is to prepare students and their families to make more informed choices about college and career pathways after high school, beginning in sixth grade. Partnerships between businesses and educational institutions are a great way to create valuable experiences for students.

Partnering with Waukesha County schools

We know that every day, our schools are doing more and more to partner with business. We too, are expanding our efforts in the area of K-12 relationships, business and education partnerships, workforce development and supporting districts in their academic and career planning work. In recent years, this work has increased dramatically. We’re excited that for the 2018-19 school year, 12 school districts in Waukesha County have committed to work with the Alliance to take these efforts to the next level.

Schools are out for summer

Waukesha County schools wrapped up the school year last week. Below represents a portion of the Alliance’s work over the past year to develop our future workforce by connecting businesses and educational institutions: More than 400 students participated in 18 Schools2Skills tours More than 500 students toured the Health Care Career Expo More than 900 […]

Congrats Elmbrook School District!

On Tuesday, May 1, the State of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation awarded the School District of Elmbrook a $25,000 grant to create a Makerspace and Fabrication Lab or “Fab Lab” at Brookfield Central High School.

New Education Initiatives

Because of the workforce issue and with the launch of Academic and Career Planning throughout Wisconsin in 2017, our new initiatives to connect businesses and educational institutions are of the utmost importance.

Education Policy Committee

Susan Marshall

Backbone Institute, LLC

Nate Butt


Jerry Fons

Executive Power LLC

Nate Hoffman

Carrus Group

Rick Kalscheuer

R&R Insurance Services, Inc.

Brian Wendt

US Bank