Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges recently hosted listening sessions to discuss Wisconsin’s workforce paradox – high unemployment, but employers (especially manufacturers) having a difficult time finding qualified workers.
WMC Foundation President Jim Morgan discussed what he learned from over 50 listening sessions with more than 300 manufacturing representatives. He also shared what WMC plans to do as the state’s manufacturers’ association and state chamber of commerce to solve the workforce shortage, including collecting best practices, launching a public awareness campaign, and assisting community and regional initiatives.
In addition to Jim’s presentation and discussion, each of the technical colleges shared their response to the issue.
Workforce Paradox - In the News
The Listening Sessions garnered media attention in communities across Wisconsin. Here are links to some of those stories.
- Janesville Gazette: Changing times in employment need change in message in the schools - August 26, 2012
- Eau Claire WEAU: Manufacturing jobs dirty or desirable - June 15, 2012
- La Crosse Tribune: Manufacturing industry looks to improve image to attract workers - June 13, 2012
- Wausau Daily Herald: Manufacturing leaders try to change perceptions - June 9, 2012
- Rhinelander WJFW: Manufacturers looking to hire, local tech colleges hope to prepare students - May 31, 2012
- Appleton Post Crescent: Fox Valley manufacturers face uphill battle to find workers - May 22, 2012
- Green Bay Press Gazette: Manufacturers angle for more skilled workers - May 17, 2012
- WMC Foundation President James R. Morgan Op-ed - May 8, 2012