Filling Job Creators' Needs in the Fox Valley
I wrote to you a while ago about the nationwide attention garnered by Moraine Park Technical College. The school was named among the 10 best in the country for veterans.
This week, they hosted a two day symposium for our entire technical college system so the schools could share best practices and learn about new ways to enhance the technical college experience for our country's heroes. I shared how we are making the transition into the civilian workforce easier at the end of the academic experience, and then I traveled to Fox Valley Tech to get another firsthand look at how in-demand our tech college talent truly is.
State Representative Mike Rohrkaste and I saw our suspicions confirmed at the Fox Valley Tech Manufacturing Job Fair, where hundreds of jobs outnumbered the graduates. Two subsequent jobs roundtable discussions later in the day, one surrounding manufacturing talent, the other focused on retaining millennial workers, were useful and informative. It's clear that Wisconsin has a skills gap, but it's also clear that each region of the state is working to fill their job creators' unique needs. Mike and I also joined the staff of the Hematology and Oncology Center to celebrate their grand opening. It's encouraging to know those fighting cancer can get world-class care in Wisconsin.
This week offered opportunity to appreciate all Wisconsin has accomplished in preparing our next generation to be globally competitive. I had the opportunity to meet with school choice leaders who were marking the 25th anniversary of parental choice in our state.
Since the expansion of school choice statewide, more Wisconsin youngsters are benefiting from educational choices made by their first teachers: their moms and dads! I also had the opportunity to meet with a unique public school leader. Deb Kerr has led the Brown Deer school district in effectively eliminating its racial achievement gap. All of our children deserve a great education in Wisconsin, regardless of where they live.
Replicating and scaling the successful ideas used by leaders in education will duplicate their great results across our state.
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While the state Christmas tree was hauled into the capitol this week, I was also preparing for the season. I rehearsed reading the holiday classic Twas the Night Before Christmas with a local symphony orchestra. The big performance will be December 6 at 3PM at Holy Hill in Erin, Wisconsin. The show is free to attend, and I am bringing my daughters to listen and get in the Christmas spirit!