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2019-2020 Business & Education Partnerships

May 27th, 2020|

As the 2019-2020 school year comes to a close, we could not be more proud of the strength and resilience our business & education partnerships have shown. While we understand the end of the school year brought a multitude challenges, this past academic year was also filled with numerous opportunities to develop our future workforce [...]

Mini Business World teaches students about economic and financial literacy

March 13th, 2020|

More than 70 students from Waukesha County school districts participated in the Alliance's annual Mini Business World at Carroll University. The one-day Mini Business World event teaches students about economic and financial literacy, while stressing the importance of free-market enterprise and entrepreneurship. Students are put into groups with others from different schools and tasked with creating their [...]

Advocating to expand Youth Apprenticeship in Wisconsin

March 12th, 2020|

Governor Evers signed AB 72 / SB 72 into law as Act 171 on March 3, 2020. The Alliance's Education Policy Committee advocated for the bill, which expands Youth Apprenticeship (YA) programs in Wisconsin to include all 16 career clusters.  YA gives high school juniors and seniors opportunities to work in targeted fields while obtaining [...]

Kids Building Wisconsin – Waukesha Expo

February 17th, 2020|

On Thursday, February 6, more than 1,000 fifth through eighth graders came to Milwaukee Tool for the second annual Kids Building Wisconsin – Waukesha Expo. Students gained exposure to career opportunities in the construction industry through interactive activities run by forty different construction and skilled trades companies. Activities included: working in a mock demolition room, [...]

Aligning local, state and federal priorities to help targeted populations re-enter the workforce

January 15th, 2020|

One of the Alliance’s top workforce development policy priorities in 2020 is supporting programs that assist targeted populations to enter or re-enter the workforce. Earlier this week, the Alliance was proud to attend a special program of the Joseph Project, which included a roundtable discussion led by Jared Kushner, senior advisor to President Trump, U.S. Senator Ron [...]

Schools2Skills™ takes students through the doors of health care facilities

November 18th, 2019|

In just one week, the Alliance's Schools2Skills™ tours took students through the doors of two health care facilities in Waukesha County. Nearly 50 middle school students had the opportunity to visit either Oak Hill Terrace or Community Memorial Hospital. Schools2Skills™ tours give students an inside look at the world of health care, exposing them to [...]

Schools2Skills™ celebrates 10 years of providing students with tours of local businesses

November 4th, 2019|

Originating as a way to connect superintendents and teachers with local manufacturers, Schools2Skills™ quickly evolved into a platform for educating students about the career opportunities in manufacturing. Schools2Skills™ gives middle and high school students tours of local manufacturers to see firsthand the innovative and advanced technology available right here in southeast Wisconsin. To date, over 3,600 students have attended Schools2Skills™ [...]

800+ Students Visit 2019 M.A.D.E Expo

October 30th, 2019|

In support of Manufacturing Month, the Waukesha County Business Alliance was proud to host over 800 middle and high school students at the 2019 M.A.D.E. Career Expo. The interactive expo gives students the opportunity to learn about career pathways in manufacturing from area companies. As the number one contributor to Wisconsin’s economy, manufacturing produces more [...]

Alliance advocates to expand youth apprenticeship opportunities

September 30th, 2019|

The Waukesha County Business Alliance supports Assembly Bill 72, which would expand Youth Apprenticeship opportunities to students and employers in the areas of education/training, public safety, human services, business administration and government administration. Adding these occupations would mean that the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development would be offering curriculum in all 16 career clusters for Youth Apprenticeship.