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Alliance expands advocacy efforts

March 18th, 2019|

As the Alliance heads in to our 101st year, we’re excited to announce the continued growth and expansion of our advocacy efforts on behalf of Waukesha County businesses. For years, advocacy has been a core focus of the Alliance as we work to provide a clear and persuasive voice for the business community and advocate for business-friendly legislation at the local, state and federal levels.

Governor Tony Evers unveils first state budget

March 4th, 2019|

Governor Tony Evers unveiled his first state budget last Thursday.  The Alliance’s policy committees and staff are examining the $83-billion state budget to identify issues significantly impacting our member businesses and outlined in the Alliance’s 2019 Policy Agenda. These include policy solutions that address the workforce shortage, foster strong business-education partnerships, help modernize our state’s critical infrastructure, drive economic development and promote government efficiencies. 

Alliance meets with leaders in D.C. on trade, tariffs and other international issues

March 4th, 2019|

Alliance staff joined a group of 30 business and chamber leaders from around the state for the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce D.C. Fly-In on Feb. 12 and 13. The focus of this year’s trip was on international issues, including the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), trade and tariffs, international aid and immigration. The two-day fly-in included [...]

School of Applied Technologies programs enjoy record enrollments

January 29th, 2019|

When the economy is strong, jobs are plentiful and college enrollments are steady. When the unemployment rate is high, people tend to go back to school and enrollments rise. In Waukesha County Technical College’s School of Applied Technologies, there has been a bit of a paradigm shift. The unemployment rate in the United States in October 2018 remained at a low 3.7 percent, but enrollment in our applied technologies programs soared.

Measuring students’ preparedness after high school

January 22nd, 2019|

Currently, the state of Wisconsin has a tool that measures how prepared high school students are to attend college. The tool measures standardized test scores and more. However, those indicators aren’t necessarily representative of all the skills a high school student may need to be successful after high school graduation.

School of Applied Technologies Programs Enjoy Record Enrollments

January 6th, 2019|

As featured in the January 2019 Accelerate Magazine: Mike ShielsDean of the School of Applied Technologies, Waukesha County Technical College When the economy is strong, jobs are plentiful and college enrollments are steady. When the unemployment rate is high, people tend to go back to school and enrollments rise. In Waukesha County Technical College’s School [...]