We’re doing more than training our workforce, we’re preparing highly technical workers to be experts in their fields. Statewide, we’ve dedicated $110 million into workforce development over the last four years, investing to make sure the next generation of Wisconsin workers is qualified and ready to jump in where your business needs them (Governor Walker, State of the State, 2017).
Our unique blend of public-private partnerships is helping technical colleges and universities in the state develop a workforce with skills that make companies and their employees successful. Between the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), and other state agencies, our state is providing tax credits, demand-driven worker training grants and customized training programs to make it all happen.
Developing our next generation of leaders has always been crucial to the industries in Wisconsin. Our university system, anchored by the University of Wisconsin−Madison (UW-Madison), supports the researchers, companies and policy-makers across the state that are working together to develop solutions to the world’s challenges in water technology, bioscience, medical technology, information technology, and energy, power and control. In fact, UW-Madison awarded the third-highest number of doctorate degrees in the country in 2015. Wisconsin also ranks ninth in the nation for the percentage of graduates with STEM degrees, and Madison was ranked by the Brookings Institution as the top U.S. metro area for STEM graduates.
With more than 340,000 students, the highly ranked technical college system that shapes our workforce is also supporting expanding businesses throughout the state. As a matter of fact, technical training in Wisconsin is closing talent gaps in high-demand fields across a broad range of industries—including manufacturing, food processing and energy—and allowing businesses the opportunity to scale as they grow.