Workforce Development Summit

Event Overview

This dynamic, half-day event explores workforce development efforts at the local, regional and state levels. Attendees share best practices and concerns during facilitated conversations.

Whether you’re a small, medium or large business owner, a company executive, human resource professional, K-12 administrator, educator or school counselor, post-secondary educator, technical education or community leader — you will benefit from attending this educational and wide-ranging event.

To learn more, contact Tammy Graf, Director of Workforce Development, by email or phone at 920-395-8708.

2017 Workforce Development Summit Recap

“We have to get everyone trained to their maximum to keep our economy moving forward.” This call to action was issued by Dennis Winters, chief economist, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development at the Sheboygan County Workforce Development on Tuesday, September 26. Winters shared a ten-year economic outlook for Wisconsin, including future workforce needs for Sheboygan County. “The challenge is to stay in front of the curve,” he said. “It’s all about innovation.” He noted that every occupation is affected by a quantity challenge and urged communities to work together.

New County-wide Initiative Unveiled

And that’s exactly what’s happening, as evidenced by the Chamber’s dynamic Business Education Partnership (BEP) and its county-wide action plan, unveiled at the Summit by BEP co-chairs, Anne Troka of Sargento Foods, Inc. and Tom Malmstadt, United Way of Sheboygan County.

The BEP, a partnership between Sheboygan County businesses and schools, has created a county-wide plan to help high-school students develop career readiness and build experiences leading to success in life after graduation.

Troka said that at every level of high school, BEP will work to connect business with students, allowing them to learn personal brand development, and financial and transitional planning, along with job shadowing and workplace immersion, key factors in student success as they enter the workforce. “Our greatest strength is business education partnerships,” Troka said. “Aligning resources is critical to the program’s success.”

BEP will merge a wide variety of area partners, including businesses, Inspire Sheboygan County, Junior Achievement, Workbound and the Sheboygan County Job Center.

The BEP plan is in draft stage pending further input from the Academic and Career Planning teams at area schools and final approval from superintendents. The BEP expects to roll out portions of the plan during the 2017-2018 school year and looks to create a similar plan in the future for grades six through eight.

Academic and Career Planning and Education Awards Presented

Plymouth, Wisconsin native, Dr. Tony Evers, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, presented the Educator of the Year Award to Julie Murphy, a teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, and the Sheboygan County Friend of Education Award to Anne Troka, of Sargento Foods, Inc.

Dr. Evers also provided a 30,000-foot view of the State’s Academic and Career Planning (ACP) initiative that is being rolled at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.

Education Award Sponsors:

Kohler Co.

Van Horn Automotive Group

2017 Workforce Development Summit Sponsors:

Lakeshore Technical College

Old Wisconsin Sausage

Prevea Health

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