WCTC, Carroll University create College & Career Connections room at JA Finance Park
A message from WCTC President Barbara Prindiville, Ph.D.:
WCTC maintains important partnerships with area four-year universities and colleges to benefit our students and communities. Most recently, WCTC and Carroll University partnered with Junior Achievement of Wisconsin (JA) Finance Park to create a College & Career Connections room where area middle and high school students learn about how higher education leads to better jobs and higher incomes.
JA Finance Park is a month-long economics education program taught by classroom teachers that introduces personal financial planning and career exploration. At the culmination of this program, students visit JA Finance Park in Milwaukee to put into practice what they've learned about economic options and the principles of budgeting. Assisted by their teachers and a staff of trained volunteers, they have the opportunity to actually develop and commit to a personal budget.
The College & Career Connections room features wall murals of both WCTC and Carroll University's signature campus buildings,two touchscreen monitors for student use and space that can seat 12 students per learning session. The room is set to open later this month.
Learn more about Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.
CBPS draws local government heads at Lean for Municipalities event
Left to right: Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas, Debra Kneser, Training Coordinator for Waukesha County Department of Administration Human Resources, State Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, WCTC President Barbara Prindiville, Ph.D., CBPS Dean Joseph Weitzer, Ph.D., Pat Dolan, trainer for CBPS
WCTC's Center for Business Performance Solutions (CBPS) recently held a Lean for Municipalities informational session featuring keynote speaker State Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. Additional participants included Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas and Waukesha County Chairman Paul Decker.
Those in attendance included municipality managers, supervisors, elected officials, department heads and school district chiefs, among others. Attendees learned how they could carry Lean training into their respective organizations.
Jon Koeller, account manager for CBPS, said more municipalities are seeing the value of Lean training, which costs less than $5,000 to train 30 employees.
"We typically see significant, tangible Return on Investments (ROI) by way of operational efficiencies, leading to substantial dollars saved for municipalities participating in our Lean training," Koeller said.
The State of Wisconsin - under Gov. Scott Walker's Administration - has placed such an emphasis on Lean Government ideals that, by way of Executive Order #66, state agencies are required to implement a Lean Government initiative, which is aimed at eliminating waste, saving staff time, reducing cost, and improving government services for state residents and employers. CBPS is one of five approved vendors to provide Lean government training for the State of Wisconsin.
The Center recently provided Lean training for Waukesha County employees as part of the County's Lean Government initiative, resulting in more than $200,000 in cost savings. Sixty employees from various departments completed the certificate training in 10-week sessions between fall 2012 and spring 2013. A third group of Waukesha County employees will complete Lean training with CBPS this fall.
WCTC Foundation Receives AT&T Innovation Award for 'Schools2Skills™' Program
Left to right: State Sen. Paul Farrow, AT&T Wisconsin Director of External Affairs Tricia Conway, WCTC District Board Trustee Mary Baer, WCTC Foundation President Ellen Phillips, WCTC Dean of the School of Applied Technologies Mike Shiels
WCTC Foundation has received a $5,000 AT&T Innovation & Investment Award to support the 'Schools2Skills™' program. A partnership with the WCTC Foundation and the Waukesha County Business Alliance, the program was created to address the manufacturing talent shortage in Waukesha County.
'Schools2Skills™' takes area high school students, parents and educators on tours of three manufacturing facilities and the WCTC Engineering and Manufacturing Center. The goal is to inspire participants to learn about manufacturing careers available in Waukesha County, including career paths, salaries and the education required to succeed in today's manufacturing environment. About 500 students are expected to participate this coming school year.
"We know many of our manufacturers are looking for workers to fill highly skilled, technologically advanced jobs," said Ellen S. Phillips, president of WCTC Foundation. "Part of our mission is to educate our young people that manufacturing has changed and evolved over time. Today's manufacturing is much more advanced and focused on technology, and this AT&T contribution will help us further our efforts to educate and encourage students to consider exciting careers in manufacturing."
WCTC, WOW Workforce Development Board partner on Water Accelerator program
On August 16, a total of 19 Water Accelerator program participants graduated from a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machining boot camp ready to enter the workforce. The training is part of a federal grant administered by the WOW Workforce Development Board in partnership with WCTC to offer CNC machining and welding boot camps to individuals seeking employment within the Water industry, which is Southeastern Wisconsin's fastest growing segment of the economy. WOW Workforce Development Board President Francisco Sanchez and WCTC President Barbara Prindiville, Ph.D., were present at the graduation ceremony on campus to distribute certificates and congratulate participants.
The Water Accelerator program is a 4-year U.S. Department of Labor training grant led by the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board. Both the WOW Workforce Development Board and the Southeastern Wisconsin Workforce Development Board serve as grant administration partners that coordinate participant trainings and job placement activities. The WOW Workforce Development Board will train 40 individuals through the grant, of which 30 must be unemployed and 10 must be incumbent workers. The next boot camp training to be offered will be for welding and it is scheduled to begin in January 2014 at WCTC.
For more information about Water Accelerator program training opportunities or to obtain the resumes of recent boot camp graduates for current positions in manufacturing, please contact the WOW Workforce Development Board at 262.695.7822.