December 7, 2018
8:30 - 2:45 p.m.


Lenz Conference Center, Southwest Tech, 1800 Bronson Boulevard, Fennimore WI

Partnerships: The key to growing our local workforce

Learn about the current labor market environment and projections for the future labor force in Wisconsin and the local region. Also learn about the current trends in two specific career areas: automotive and alternative energy. Leaders from these industries will share an overview of what is being experienced in their current labor markets and provide awareness of the future skill sets needed by today’s high school students to be successful in the workforce of the future. Discussion between education and business partners to strategize on how they can work together to provide students the education and skills needed in all areas of business and industry will follow.

As a result of attending the summit, you will:

  1. Understand the projections of skills needed in business and industry in Wisconsin as well as locally in the southwest region of the state.
  2. Understand career readiness initiative for students that are currently in place.
  3. Develop strategies at the secondary level to attract and retain labor talent.
  4. Be better equipped to actively engage with the business and education partners in the community.
  5. Develop strategies for partnerships in academic and career planning.
  6. Develop an action plan for county-wide collaboration between education, business and industry.

8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration and marketing

9:00-10:00 a.m. The current labor market environment and projections for Wisconsin & the local region.

Dennis Winters, Bureau of Workforce information and Technical Support Bureau Director and Chief Economist, and Darla Burton, Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

To understand the skills and training needed for our future workforce, we first need to understand the labor market projections and where the jobs of the future will be. DWD staff will discuss where Wisconsin and the local Southwest Wisconsin region are headed.

10:00-10:15 a.m. Break

10:15-11:00 a.m. Industry Insight: Automotive

Karla Nania, Vice President, and Dan Klecker, State Education Director, Wisconsin Automotive and Truck Dealers Association

Learn what is happening in the automotive industry, including the current job market and where skills gaps exist. Ms. Nania and Mr. Klecker will forecast the skills that will be needed, new technologies, and the challenges that face the industry. Current and upcoming partnerships will be highlighted showing the innovative ways that the industry is overcoming the challenges and how these are sustainable and transferable to other industries.

11:00-11:30 a.m. Table Discussion

Tom Martin, CESA #3, Moderator

Get answers to your questions related to how the partnerships being implemented in the automotive industry can be applicable to all areas of the workforce.

11:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. Lunch

12:15-12:30 p.m. Recap of Morning Discussion

Tom Martin, CESA #3 Moderator

12:30-1:30p.m. Industry Insight: Alternative Energy

Neil Palmer, North American Project Manager, Invenergy, and John Bzdawka, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, International Representative, Business Development Department

Learn about a solar energy project being implemented in Southwest Wisconsin and the labor force needs that are associated with the project and how academic and career planning in our districts is crucial to move initiatives like this and others forward for students to have the skill sets needed by the industry.

1:30-1:45 p.m. Break

1:45-2:30 p.m. Development of County-wide Action Plans

Tom Martin, CESA #3, Moderator

Education, business and industry representatives will work together by county to develop an action plan of one task that is attainable in the next year to move partnerships forward to better prepare students to meet the changing workforce needs.

2:30-2:45 p.m. Action Plan Report Out

Tom Martin, CESA #3, Moderator

Each county will report on their action plan and strategy for implementation.

2:45 p.m. Closing Remarks