THE WORKFORCE REPORT:
The Governor’s Council on Workforce
Investment’s strategic recommendations
align with Inspire Wisconsin.
Jeff Clark, CEO, Waukesha Metal Products
Wisconsin’s economic vitality is tied directly to our ability to
develop a ready workforce with the necessary skills to meet
tomorrow’s high-demand careers. At the root of this challenge
is our need to provide an educational journey for our children
that includes exposure and exploration of the many career
paths available for our future talent. The Governor’s Council
on Workforce Investment (CWI) recognized this and presented
a 2014-2018 Strategic Plan. This plan outlined 21
recommendations including some pointed directly at how to
equip students with the tools necessary to align their academic
journey with career exploration so they could be better
prepared to enter the workforce.
All Pre-K-12 schools in Wisconsin are required to provide
academic and career planning (ACP) to students at the 6th
grade level by 2017 (ACT 20, Wisconsin Statute 115.28 (59)).
The CWI built on the ACP by recommending we ensure
students have the opportunity to experience work-based
learning, and the Wisconsin school report cards include
measurements on this and career readiness. Data is king!
Access to workforce requirements and projections are critical
FALL SEMESTER GOALS
Students have started using
Inspire! Make an impact by
helping us reach our goals!
Goal: 75 Company Profiles
25 active profiles
5 about to be active profiles
7 pending profiles
reaching 201 companies with
8 meetings scheduled.
Join Now as a Company
Goal: 35 Career Coaches
- 22 registered Coaches
- 3 pending Coaches
Join Now as a Career Coach
Access to workforce requirements and projections are critical
to a student’s exploration.
Coordination between educators, students, employers and
parents is key to providing the best experience. Thought-
leaders structure their talent acquisition strategy to include
strong connections within the Pre-K-12 system. Those ahead
of the curve.....
Read the rest of Jeff's Editorial HERE.
CLA SPOTLIGHT: Marcus Corporation
and Bradley Tech High School
Bradley Tech High School has had a strong partnership with
the Marcus Corporation for the past several years. The
partnership started with a connection to Jane Durment, retired
CIO at Marcus, and Shawn Spartz, Director of Creative,
Development & IT Operations at Marcus. The partnership has
since grown to include other Marcus employees who have
provided several career based learning activities for the
students at Tech.
Marcus has been active on the advisory board for the school’s
A/V, IT and Digital Media programs and has participated in the
iTech Academy “Lunch and a Lab” program where students in
the Academy come to hear from professionals and participate
in relevant hands on activities. Marcus provided a “LinkedIn
Lunch and a Lab”, where iTech Academy students created
their own profile on LinkedIn.
Marcus has also provided Academy students with job
shadowing opportunities, guest speakers, and last year two
Bradley Tech graduates (2015) received summer internships
at the Marcus Corporation working with exceptionally strong
mentors in web development opportunities.
MPS and Bradley Tech are grateful to the Marcus Corporation
for their investment in the students at Bradley Tech High
School. If you’re interested in partnering with an MPS school
but are not sure where to get started or which school would fit
with your industry please contact our Partnerships office or
visit us online.
TIP OF THE MONTH: Have the most
impact by becoming a Career Coach
Inspire Southeast Wisconsin staff conducted a focus group
with students to find out what they thought of Inspire. We
concentrated on why students want to use Inspire, and what
parts they say are most useful. Students overwhelmingly
agreed the ability to ask Career Coaches questions on the
Career Discussion boards was their favorite part. Asking real
professional questions in a comfortable setting gave students
a concreate way to learn more about the careers they're
interested in. To help students learn more and have the most
impact consider becoming a Career Coach today!
Help us spread the word using
messaging and video
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MAKING AN IMPACT
We'd like to recognize the
registered a profile on
Inspire in the last month
Thanks for your support!
- Direct Supply
- Discovery World
-Gateway Technical College
- Genco Industries, Inc
- Greater Milwaukee Committee
- Heritage Senior Living
- Joy Global
- Pentair Water Purification
- UW-Milwaukee - School of
- Veolia Water
- Water Council
Want to see your Company
listed here next month?
Join Now as a Company
Learning the ABCs of
CLAs Workshop Series
Youth Apprenticeships, Co-
ops, and Internships. What do
you need to know and where
do you start? Register for
Learning Activity (CLAs)
workshop and take your youth
involvement to the next level.
Special guests will help you
understand what program is
the best fit for you!
Nov. 3rd from 3pm - 4:30
Bradley Tech's Career
and College Week
Bradley Tech High School is
having multiple events around
OTHER INSPIRING UPDATES
Learning the ABCs of CLAs Workshop Series: Youth
Apprenticeships, Co-ops, and Internships
What do you need to know? And where do you start? Register
for Inspire’s Career-based Learning Activity (CLAs) workshop
and take your youth involvement to the next level! On
November 3rd from 3pm – 4:30 at ManpowerGroup
Headquarters, Terri Salzer, from Milwaukee Public Schools,
and Erin Cherney, from Waukesha County Technical College,
will lead this workshop that will help employers:
Understand the difference between
Youth Apprenticeship, Co-ops, and Internships,
Decide which is the best fit for your company,
Learn about the process of setting up a program, and
Understand the regulations involved in hiring youth.
Offering Career-based Learning Activities and increasing your
level of engagement are the first steps in getting the next
generation of employees through your door and on to your
work floor. Get started today by signing up HERE!
BIG GROWTH FOR INSPIRE: Schools and
Organizations who do not use Career Cruising can now
access Inspire Southeast Wisconsin!
Although we anticipate that most school districts will use
Inspire Southeast Wisconsin as an integrated part of the
Career Cruising software, we are excited to announce that
Inspire Southeast Wisconsin is also now available as an
independent, stand-alone platform. This will allow K-12
schools who do not have a Career Cruising license, as well as
youth serving organizations and 2 and 4-year colleges, to
access Inspire SE WI.
We’d like to thank the leaders and developers at Career
Cruising, which grants our license for Inspire, for recognizing
the importance of broadening our reach beyond Career
Cruising users. Having a stand-alone model for Inspire is an
important step in our long-term growth strategy, as it will
significantly increase the number and age range of students
we are able to connect to businesses using Inspire.
Schools who currently hold a Career Cruising license will
continue to use Inspire Southeast Wisconsin in the original,
fully integrated model. If you would like learn more about
stand-alone platform, please contact Karin Smith HERE.
Career Cruising selected as Wisconsin’s Academic and
Career Planning (ACP) Software Vendor.
Last week the Department of Administration (DOA) announced
its intent to award the ACP Software procurement to Career
Cruising. Last Thursday all school district and building
administrators were notified of this news by Mike Thompson,
Deputy State Superintendent. This procurement is the result of
the requirement under Wisconsin Statute 115.28(59) to
“Procure, install, and maintain information technology,
including computer software, to be used statewide by school
districts to provide academic and career planning services to
pupils in grades 6 to 12.” A DOA Evaluation Team reviewed
vendor responses and demonstrations over the summer in
order to score the proposals.
College and Career readiness
and needs help. Volunteer for
any of their events by clicking
the button below.
- College Application Days
Oct. 20 - 22
- College and Career Fair
- Workshops on resume
interviewing and volunteering
New Company &
Recently joined Inspire
Southeast Wisconsin by
registering as a company or
coach? Come to one of our
New Partner Orientations to
better understand how to use
your Inspire SE WI account.
Want to become a partner and
register your company or
coach profile? We provide
time at the end of each New
Partner Orientation for those
who have not yet registered to
create your profile right then
Oct. 28th 3:30 - 5:00pm
Nov. 12th 8am - 9:30am
Dec. 9th 3:30 - 5:00pm
Career Cruising is used extensively in Wisconsin for career
exploration, planning and development. Career Cruising, as
the developer of the Inspire platform, has already integrated
Inspire into the Career Cruising software. Inspire Southeast
Wisconsin is excited as this will make our Inspire
implementation an even smoother process as we grow in the
coming year and give us more reach into new school
districts. To learn more reference DPI’s FAQ page HERE.
Hear what students are saying about Inspire!
On Tuesday, September 22nd we introduced Inspire
Southeast Wisconsin to students from Ronald Reagan High
School. Senior students in Ms. Misa Sato “Approaches to
Learning” class were led through two activities - finding a
company profile in their field of interest, and writing a question
to a career coach currently in the profession they were
interested in on a Coach Discussion Board. Hear all about how
it went from the students themselves HERE.
Research demonstrating the need for Academic and
At the Inspire Southeast Wisconsin office we’re always running
across interesting pieces of research on College and Career
Readiness and Academic and Career Plans. The following two
articles focus on the current problem of developing a fully
prepared workforce just out of college or high school and
suggest ways to address this issue. Find out more HERE.
Top 3 Reasons People get Involved in Inspire
As companies and individuals have been joining the Inspire
Southeast Wisconsin Community we’ve been asking them
“Why do you get involved with schools/students?” The top
three answers we’ve received from surveying our partners are:
I want to help students develop employability skills.
I want to help students explore careers.
I want to support local schools and education in
Your answers show a great long-term vision of helping
students find their passion and understanding the value of
growing our education partnerships to make the region
flourish. Thank you to all who gave their feedback!
We'd also like to thank all of our community partners, with special recognition to the following major partners: Accenture, CESA #1,
Junior Achievement Wisconsin, ManpowerGroup, Metro Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Milwaukee 7, Milwaukee Area
Workforce Investment Board, Milwaukee Public Schools, School District of New Berlin, School District of Waukesha, Greater Milwaukee
Committee, Waukesha County Business Alliance, Waukesha Ozaukee Washington Workforce Development Center.
This program is supported by Wisconsin Fast Forward – Blueprint for Prosperity (WFF - BFP) grant funds. Governor Walker's WFF –
BFP initiative was enacted in 2014 to expand the WFF grant program with an additional $35.4 million investment. Administered by the
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development – Office of Skills Development, funding helps reduce technical college wait lists in
high-demand fields, enhance employment opportunities for persons with disabilities and support collaborative school-to-work projects.
Learn more at: http://www.wisconsinfastforward.com/prosperity/.
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