Provide a sustainable pipeline of appropriately informed and prepared individuals to support the needs of business and industry in Washington County.
What is it?
A collaboration of employers, educators, social and human service agencies and economic development organizations in Washington County.
Why was it formed?
A survey of employers done in 2012 by MPTC to better understand workforce issues, particularly the impending retirements of the Baby Boom generation, was published in early 2013. Employers expressed concern about the future workforce given the large number of anticipated retirements in the next 3-5 years and especially in light of the widely publicized skills gap which many were experiencing first hand as they were hiring to support the economic recovery that was underway. A task force was formed in April 2013 to develop strategies to address these issues and Tom Hostad of Broan-Nutone was asked to lead the group.
The Workforce Alliance was formed to help students at all grade levels understand the many and varied career opportunities that exist here in Washington County. We want to help students understand all of the job and educational opportunities available, see how the two are connected and then use that information to make the very important decisions related to what comes next after high school graduation. Researching this on your own may seem like a challenge, but we want you to know that we’re here to help! We’ve been able to bring employers and school districts, colleges, and universities together to provide resources to students sort through all of the options and make the best decisions. Additionally, our social and human services partners will be able to help access a vast array of support services where special needs exist.
Who is involved?
Major employers from the manufacturing and health care sector along with educators from the Hartford, Slinger, Kewaskum, and West Bend school districts were part of the Alliance’s founding group. They were joined by reps from United Way of Washington County, Moraine Park Technical College, UWM-Washington County, the Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington County Workforce Development Board and GPS Education Partners.