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 partnering with K-12 and post-secondary institutions to expose students to all the career opportunities in Waukesha County.

  1. Create a model to get educators into businesses and provide them with information on career clusters and current career pathways in Waukesha County through the Educators in Business Action Team.
  2. Implement a college and career readiness measurement framework for Waukesha County school districts to assess K-12 workforce skills development through the Countywide Report Card Action Team.
  3. Expand employer collaboratives in the construction/skilled trades, IT and health care industries, similar to the Manufacturing Alliance, to help those industries address their needs for skilled talent.
  4. Support the MADE (Manufacturing, Automotive, Design and Engineering) model for the School District of Waukesha to strengthen business/education partnerships and encourage students to consider careers in those industries. Expand the model to other districts.
  5. Expose students to the many career opportunities available in Waukesha County by hosting the MADE Career Pathways Expo, the Many Futures in Health Care Career Expo and Schools2SkillsTM tours.
  6. Support the Milwaukee 7’s “GROW HERE” campaign by encouraging businesses and educational institutions to participate in career-based learning experiences.
  7. Work with post-secondary institutions to ensure their programs and curricula meet the talent needs of area employers.
  8. Promote and expand youth apprenticeship, dual enrollment and internship opportunities with local businesses.

Waukesha County Business Alliance expands Schools2Skills to address workforce needs in health care

The Waukesha County Business Alliance, Inc. has expanded its Schools2Skills™ program to educate high school and middle school students on careers in health care.

Superintendent/President Roundtable: Manufacturing

Our quarterly superintendent/president roundtable met on Wednesday, October 31 to discuss the future of the manufacturing industry with Tom Fotsch, chief operating officer for EmbedTek in Waukesha. Read more here. We’re bringing in presidents and superintendents of school districts around Waukesha County to build partnerships and meet the workforce needs of Waukesha County’s four high-growth […]

Interactive, hands-on activities get students excited about careers in the skilled trades

On Thursday, October 18, more than 1,000 middle and high school students in Waukesha County attended the Alliance’s 4th annual M.A.D.E. Career Pathways Expo at Waukesha County Technical College to learn more about careers in the manufacturing, automotive, design, engineering and construction industries. This was our biggest career expo to date. 35 local employers were […]

Redefining “hands-on learning”

By: Tim O’Brien, CEO of Tim O’Brien Homes. Oconomowoc High School’s Building Trades III course and New Berlin area high schools’ Construction III course bring new meaning to the term hands-on learning.

Leveraging the TechHire program to meet your tech talent needs

By: Laura Catherman, Director, Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Board. In 2016, the United States Department of Labor awarded nearly $150 million in H-1B TechHire Partnership grants to 39 partnerships providing services in 25 states. These grants provide employment and training assistance to train workers with the skills required for well-paying middle- and high-skilled, and high-growth jobs.

Developing future-ready students in the Pewaukee School District

By: Mike Cady, PhD, superintendent of the Pewaukee School District. Over the past year the Pewaukee School District (PSD) has been able to successfully implement Academic Career Planning (ACP) practices with our students at the middle and high school levels.

Education Steering Council

Rick Kalscheuer

R&R Insurance Services, Inc.

Rosemary Bartkowiak

Stanek Tool LLC

Mark Beilman

Precision Plus, 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

Paul Decker

Waukesha County Board of Supervisors

David Dineen

Fairchild Equipment

Sherry Douglas

SEEK Careers/Staffing

Toni Gundersen

CJ & Associates, Inc.

Mark Hansen

School District of Elmbrook

Larry Harvey

Tailored Label Products, Inc.

Brian Hillstrom

Johnson Financial Group

Nate Hoffman

Carrus Group

Dee Jensen

Heritage Printing

Phylis King

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Susan Koehn

Milwaukee 7

Ann Marie Krause-Hanson

Waukesha County Technical College

Rick Krauthoefer

First Business Bank

Nick Kroll

Community Leader

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

Dave Merrick

Mortenson Construction

Joseph Miotke

DeWitt Ross & Stevens SC

Paul Nobile

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Vicki Pinnow

Waukesha Metal Products

Ron Russ

School District of Merton

John Schiraj

Variety – The Children’s Charity of Wisconsin

Kevin Scott

DeWitt Ross & Stevens SC

Michael Sekula

Inpro Corporation

Kelly Skindzelewski

GE Healthcare