Develop

We believe there are three tenets that make up a comprehensive workforce development strategy: developing our future workforce through partnerships with educational institutions, attracting new talent to our area and retaining and skilling up our existing workforce.

We work to develop our future workforce by connecting K-12 and post-secondary institutions with businesses in order to expose students to all the career opportunities in Waukesha County and the region.

  1. Expose students to career opportunities in Waukesha County by hosting the Manufacturing the Future Expo, the Discover Health Care Expo, Mini Business World, Kids Building Wisconsin-Waukesha, Schools2Skills tours and more.
  2. Expand Careers Uncovered to bring educators into businesses to tour, interact with business leadership and enhance the Academic & Career Planning process.
  3. Launch the Workforce Readiness Dashboard for Waukesha County school districts to assess K-12 workforce skills development.
  4. Host quarterly superintendent/president roundtables to connect educational leaders with local business leaders.
  5. Create a program to educate parents about career pathways available for their children to pursue after high school graduation.
  6. Promote youth apprenticeship, dual enrollment and internship opportunities with local businesses.
  7. Pilot a program to connect K-12 guidance counselors and post-secondary institutions to discuss degrees, programs and/or certifications that exist for  in-demand industries.
  8. Strengthen and support each school district’s model to partner with their local businesses.
  9. Develop an equipment evaluation tool to determine Waukesha County schools’ manufacturing and technical education equipment needs.
  10. Form a health care speaker’s bureau to streamline the process for school districts to request health care professional speakers for their classrooms.
  11. Support the Milwaukee 7’s “GROW HERE” campaign by encouraging businesses and educational institutions to participate in career-based learning  experiences.

Generac Hosts Careers Uncovered for Educators from Across Waukesha County

Educators from around Waukesha County came together for the Alliance’s Careers Uncovered program hosted by Generac on Monday, January 23. Educators had the opportunity to hear from leaders representing marketing, finance, industrial design, engineering, sales, logistics, and manufacturing to better understand how each department supports a product of Generac. Through one-on-one conversations, business leaders and […]

High School Students Attend Mini Business World at Carroll University

Last week, the Waukesha County Business Alliance and the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) Foundation hosted Mini Business World at Carroll University. The goal of the program is to provide students with a stronger understanding of what it takes to start a business, the power of the free enterprise system, and ultimately leave with a […]

Experience the Trades Exposes Students to Careers in Manufacturing & Construction

With manufacturing and construction being driver industries in Waukesha County, the Alliance was proud to ignite students’ passion for the trades through an interactive and engaging expo. Experience the Trades provided nearly 1,500 middle and high school students the opportunity to meet 38 local manufacturing and construction employers. Students got to ‘try on’ the trades […]

Mini Business World to Take Place on November 10

In partnership with the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Foundation and Carroll University, the Alliance is excited to once again host Mini Business World. Waukesha County high school students are invited to interact with students from other school districts and leave with a stronger understanding of what it takes to start and run a business. Students […]

2022 Waukesha County Award Winners

Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow, the Waukesha County Business Alliance and the Waukesha County Center for Growth have announced the winners for the 2022 Waukesha County Awards. The awards recognize top-performing businesses and nonprofit organizations which have a significant presence in Waukesha County and are making our community a great place to work, play and […]

2022 Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County

The Waukesha County Business Alliance has announced the five winners of its Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County awards program. These awards celebrate young professionals who live or work in Waukesha County and who have shown personal initiative, determination and commitment to their careers and their community. Tomorrow’s leaders are taking steps today to build a […]


Workforce Readiness Dashboards

Workforce Readiness Dashboards

The Alliance, the Center for Growth and Waukesha County schools are focused on making sure our high school graduates are prepared for all the opportunities that exist for them after high school, whether that involves going straight to a higher education institution or joining the workforce right away.

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Education Steering Council

Donna Bembenek

Chair
Catholic Memorial High School

Dee Jensen

Co-Chair
Heritage Printing

Dr. Ronald Russ

School District of Merton Community – Arrowhead Feeder District

John Barker

Dielectric Manufacturing

Jim Bayer

KHS USA, Inc.

Nicole Berlowski

ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital

Simon Bronner

UWM at Waukesha

Amanda Busche

VJS Construction Services

Laura Catherman

Waukesha County

Paul Decker

Waukesha County Board of Supervisors

Andy Dresang

Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin

Bob Glowacki

EconomicsWisconsin

Alexa Goulet

Tailored Label Products, Inc.

Mark Hansen

School District of Elmbrook

Mollie Haubenschild

School District of Waukesha

Michaelene Healy

Superior Crane Corp

Brian Hillstrom

Johnson Financial Group

Heidi Hurda

Kohl’s Department Store

Ann Hyra

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Steve Janke

Brelie Gear

Rick Kalscheuer

R&R Insurance Services, Inc.

Susan Koehn

Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce

Cynthia Krueger

Wisconsin Lutheran High School

Jim McLaughlin

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Jane Menheer

Dedicated Computing

Ashley Miller

SPX Transformer Solutions, Inc.

Joseph Miotke

DeWitt Ross & Stevens SC

Vicki Pinnow

Waukesha Metal Products

Emilie Poehlmann

OwnersEdge Inc

Mary Poehls

Waukesha County Technical College

Julio Rivera

Carroll Univserity

Carla Rutley

Ottawa University

Michael R. Sekula

Inpro Corporation