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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.

Mini Business World teaches students about economic and financial literacy

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

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

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

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

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

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™ […]


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

Ron Russ

Chair
School District of Merton

Kelly Skindzelewski

Co-Chair
GE Healthcare

Jim Bayer

KHS USA, Inc.

Donna Bembenek

Catholic Memorial High School

Nicole Berlowski

ProHealth Care

Steve Bialek

Carroll University

Joe Bitter

River Run Computers Inc

Melissa Caldwell

Milwaukee Tool

Laura Catherman

Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Inc.

Mary Ellen Comp

Community Leader

Marikris Coryell

St. Joan Antida High School

Paul Decker

Waukesha County Board of Supervisors

Andy Dresang

Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin

Bob Glowacki

EconomicsWisconsin

Toni Gundersen

CJ & Associates, Inc.

Mark Hansen

School District of Elmbrook

Mollie Haubenschild

School District of Waukesha

Brian Hillstrom

Johnson Financial Group

Nate Hoffman

Carrus Group

Ann Hyra

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Dee Jensen

Heritage Printing

Rick Kalscheuer

R&R Insurance Services, Inc.

Phylis King

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Susan Koehn

Milwaukee 7

Ann Marie Krause-Hanson

Waukesha County Technical College

Steve Krause

The Prestwick Group, Inc.

Cynthia Krueger

Wisconsin Lutheran High School

Tami Marek-Loper

The Marek Group

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

Michael Sekula

Inpro Corporation