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Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson addresses the audience during a breakfast event at Lakeshore Technical College on November 6. The event was held to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week.
CLEVELAND, WI –
CLEVELAND - Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson highlighted the Apprenticeship: Bridging the Skills Gap breakfast event on Friday November 6 at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland.
The event was held in recognition of the first ever National Apprenticeship Week which ran from November 1-7. LTC has one of the largest apprenticeship programs in the state.
"As Wisconsin enacted the nation's first apprenticeship law more than a century ago, Apprenticeship Week highlights a true Wisconsin success story and a proven talent development solution to meet employers' needs for well-trained and highly skilled workers," DWD Secretary Reggie Newson said. "With over 2,300 employers and nearly 8,850 apprentices in more than 200 occupations throughout our state, Wisconsin Apprenticeship helps thousands of Wisconsinites pursue good-paying, family-supporting jobs, which in turn moves our economy forward."
Jim Trost, Human Resources Manager at Jagemann Stamping in Manitowoc, described how bridging Youth Apprenticeship to Registered Apprenticeship creates pathways to attract and retain skilled manufacturing workers.
"We need skilled machinists. Sometimes, the difference between scrap metal and precision product at Jagemann Stamping comes down to 1/1000 of an inch," Trost told the crowd of more than 70 attendees. "If you took a human hair, sliced it into three strands, threw two of them away and sliced the remaining strand into 10 more strands, just one of those slices would be about 1/1000 of an inch."
Jagemann Stamping is regarded as a statewide model for this method of career pathways. More than 10% of Jagemann Stamping's employees began as youth apprentices and the local Manitowoc manufacturer currently employs 8 high school students in the program. Jagemann Stamping has supported Youth Apprenticeship since the mid 1990's and 80% of their youth apprentices remain with them after graduation. In the Youth Apprenticeship program, high school juniors and seniors learn valuable skills and experience from an employer while also attending classes in high school or at LTC.
"It's important to feed that talent pool," says Trost. "It's a great opportunity for young people to explore a career and the partnership with education gives us a seat at the table when talking about the training that happens in high school and at LTC."
Rick Conrad and Jackie Holly, Youth Apprenticeship Coordinators in Manitowoc County and Sheboygan County respectively, also presented an overview of the program. That was of particular interest to Eve Rips, Midwest Director of Young Invincibles. The urban Chicago organization serves to be the voices of unemployed young people, raises public awareness about the lack of jobs for them, offers alternative pathways to success, and offers concrete solutions to address the jobs issue. Rips brought approximately 15 young adult leaders to learn about opportunities they can take back and share with their peers.
"This is fantastic," said Rips. "Youth Apprenticeship is something we can use to provide direction and hope to young people in our community and guide them toward success."
Karen Morgan and Sandy Destree of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development also spoke on the advantages of Registered Apprenticeship. The event prompted Secretary Newson addressed the audience at the end in unplanned fashion.
"The Governor's Council on Workforce Investment meets quarterly in Madison," said the Newson. "I would like to duplicate this entire program and present it. This is a great message we have here and it needs to be heard."
About Lakeshore Technical College
Lakeshore Technical College is a leading provider of technical education offering 100 career programs including associate degrees, technical diplomas, technical certificates and apprenticeship programs. In addition, LTC offers distance learning, customized training to business and industry, and continuing educational opportunities.
Serving a 200,500-resident population in east central Wisconsin, LTC operates a main campus in Cleveland; additional learning sites at LTC Manitowoc and LTC Sheboygan; community education centers at area high schools in Kiel, Mishicot, Plymouth, Random Lake, Reedsville and Two Rivers; and 27 distance learning sites. LTC's mission is to enrich lives and strengthen the economy by preparing a workforce that is skilled, diverse and flexible. On average, 79 percent of LTC graduates work in the LTC District, which includes Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties, and parts of Calumet and Ozaukee counties. Visit LTC at: www.gotoltc.edu.
About Lakeshore Technical College
Each year more than 11,000 people enroll in courses at Lakeshore Technical College. They rely on LTC for job preparation, to earn a degree, upgrade a specialized skill, train as an apprentice, or seek a high school equivalency. LTC faculty and staff meet students where they are in life and help them get one step closer to achieving their goals.
Close to 1,000 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn an average starting salary of $45,000 per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at four sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at gotoltc.edu.